A Louisiana husband and wife were astonished when they realized $50 billion had been inadvertently put into their family bank account last week.
Darren James, 47, a father of two, said he returned home from work in Baton Rouge on June 12 and saw on his wife’s smartphone what looked to be a deposit for an enormous sum of money.
“I’m like, ‘Where did that come from?'” James told FOX Television Stations on Sunday. “And all we were thinking was who’s going to be knocking on our door … because we don’t know anybody with that type of money, to begin with.”
The couple immediately contacted Chase Bank to clarify the mistake.
James, who formerly worked for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety as a law enforcement officer, stated that he never considered keeping the money.
“We knew it wasn’t ours. We didn’t earn it, so we couldn’t do anything with it,” James noted.
Chase eventually rectified the incident four days later.
“We had a technical glitch over a week ago impacting a limited number of accounts,” a company spokesperson told FOX Television Stations in a statement Monday. “The issue has been resolved, and those accounts are now showing accurate balances.”
However, James asserted that the bank has yet to explain how the error occurred. Additionally, the father is concerned that his wife’s account may have been compromised, he stated.
“I want to know why it happened,” he added. “That makes you think about the security of the account.”
Following the error, James, who is now a real estate agent, recounted what it was like to be a billionaire — although for a brief while.
“It was a great feeling while it was there to see that many zeroes in your account,” he said. “It was pretty neat to see what it looked like.”
James believes that his activities serve as an example for others to follow suit. “I love being able to bless people,” he said. “I love being able to do the right thing.”