Gretna, Louisiana (AP) — A former sheriff dispatcher on the outskirts of New Orleans was arrested for refusing to return more than $ 1.2 million accidentally deposited in her securities account, officials said.
Kerin Spadni, 33, was detained Wednesday for more than $ 25,000 theft, bank fraud, and illegal remittance of monetary funds. nola.com And WVUE-TV reported. She was reportedly dismissed by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office after being arrested.
Spadoni is held at the Jefferson Parish Correction Center with a $ 50,000 deposit. It was unclear if there was a lawyer who could speak for her.
Authorities said Spadni was accused of quickly transferring the money to another account and using some of the money to buy a new car or house.
Authorities said a typo was that Charles Schwab, a major financial services firm, had deposited more than $ 1.2 million into her securities account, even though it intended to send about $ 82 in February. According to the sheriff’s office, when the bank tried to get the money back, the request was denied because the money wasn’t available.
The sheriff’s office later said it was discovered that Spadni had transferred the funds to another account.
Sheriff spokesman Captain Jason Rivalde said the money was credited to her account, but “it’s not her money.”
“She doesn’t have a legal claim for that money,” he added. “Even if I put it in by mistake. It was an accounting mistake.”
Charles Schwab & Co. Sued Spadoni in federal court on Tuesday. According to Rivalde, the company tried several times to contact Spadni to return the money sent, but failed. So far, he added, about 75% of the money has been recovered.
In the proceedings, the company alleged that Schwab’s Spadoni account agreement included an agreement that if a customer receives an overpayment of funds, the customer must return the full amount.
“If someone accidentally puts an extra zero in their utility bill payments, they’ll want to return or credit them with that money, and that’s no exception,” Rivarde said.
He said Spadni had been at the Sheriff’s Office 911 Center for four and a half years.