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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 04/22/2010

Va. couple finds $39M in bank account

By Washington Post editors

An accounting error made a Fairfax County couple very rich -- at least for a few hours, NBC 4 reports.

Amy Roland of Vienna, Va., deposited $425 at her bank on Monday. When she received her receipt, it read she deposited $425, but it struck her odd that her account was still low.

So when Roland got home, she checked her balance online -- and did a double take. Her account had more than $39 million in it.

Back at the bank, Roland told the bank manager she had $39 million in her account, but he did not initially believe her. It turns out someone at the bank had entered her account routing number instead of the one where the cash amount was supposed to go.

The mistake was fixed. Roland feels as if she saved the bank a lot of accounting problems and overtime, so dinner would have been nice. But she walked away with only a free pen.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Bank, Banks and Institutions, Financial services, Money  
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thats like the fake lotto tickets. Best feeling followed by the worst feeling.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | April 22, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I don't get it.

Why would she get anything for free?

If she had kept it and spent it, she would be forced to repay it and probably be fined.

She did what she was supposed to do

Posted by: Bious | April 22, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

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