A POLICE worker has been arrested after going on a huge spending spree after being mistakenly sent £1million in a shocking accounting error.
Former 911 operator Kelyn Spadoni thought she’d hit the jackpot after finance company Charles Schwab paid the hefty sum instead of the £70 she was owed.
Staff were quick to spot the mistake last February – but their attempts to stop or recover the $1.2million (£1million) lump sum have been blocked.
After noticing the huge funds in her brokerage account, Spadoni, who at the time was working for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana, had already transferred the money to another account.
She then set about splashing a stack of cash on a house and a new car, a Hyundai Genesis that may cost more than £60,000.
But authorities soon caught up with Spadoni, and she was arrested and charged with theft worth over $25,000 (£21,700), bank fraud and transferring funds.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jason Rivarde said at the time: “She has no legal title to that money.
“Even if it was entered there by mistake. It was a booking error.”
Spadoni, then 33, was immediately fired from her job at the 911 dispatcher, where she had worked for more than four years.
The Jefferson Parish Attorney’s Office told The Sun Online that the charges against Spadoni have since been dropped.
But she’s still paying the price for her waste while embarking on an “adult distraction program.”
Spokesman Paul Purpura said: “A charge of theft of $25,000 or more was dismissed on April 18, 2022 after Ms. Spadoni successfully enrolled in that office’s adult diversion program.
“Ms. Spadoni is currently in the program.”
Charles Schwab confirmed to The Sun that most of the mistaken transfer was eventually returned.
Spokesman Pete Greenley said: “We are grateful to the authorities who have been able to recover most of the property wrongfully acquired by the defendant.
“As was widely reported, the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana County Attorney’s Office filed charges at the time.”
It comes after a mum was stunned to find £6million in her bank account before spending the lot on a luxury home and helping her family.
Thevamanogari Manivel was set to receive a £60 refund from cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com, which uses actor Matt Damon in its advertisement.
But the company accidentally entered an account number in the field meant to be a cash amount.
She spent £800,000 on a five-bedroom, four-bathroom house as a “gift” for her sister, Thilagavathy Gangadory, before handing out sums of cash to family members.
However, their luck collapsed when the error was noticed during routine testing.
The judge ordered the property to be sold and the money returned, including 10 percent interest and legal fees.
Meanwhile, a father got the best surprise of his life when he opened his bank account and found he had been paid almost £50billion.
Darren James was stunned to see the nine zero number appear after receiving a frantic phone call from his wife.
The father-of-two, from Louisiana in the US, saw on his banking app that there was a staggering $50 billion (£43.4 billion) in deposit.
But for Darren, his clash with billions was short-lived, however, and his life-changing windfall vanished.
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