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Kelyn Spadoni allegedly transferred the funds received from Charles Schwab & Co. to another account immediately
A Louisiana woman is being accused of mistakenly receiving funds and not returning them.
Kelyn Spadoni, 33, of Harvey, Louisiana, allegedly refused to return more than $1.2 million she mistakenly received from Charles Schwab & Co.
The suspect allegedly immediately transferred them to another account. She was arrested on Wednesday.
“She secreted it, and they were not able to access it,” said a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Capt. Jason Rivarde.
Before receiving the funds, Spadoni had opened an account with Charles Schwab & Co. in January. Recently, the company installed an “enhancement” to the program that they use to transfer assets. On February 23, when the company meant to place $82.56 into Spadoni’s account, they mistakenly deposited $1,205,619, per court documents.
The company tried to reverse the action, but Spadoni had already transferred the funds. She later purchased a house and a brand new 2021 Hyundai Genesis.
“She has no legal claim to that money,” added Rivarde. “Even if it was put in there by mistake. It was an accounting error.”
Spadoni is now being sued by Charles Schwab & Co. in federal court and has been charged with theft valued at over $25,000, bank fraud, and illegal transmission of monetary funds. She was also fired from her job of four and a half years as a 911 dispatcher for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
She is currently being held in Gretna at Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on a $50,000 bond, per court records.
“By her conduct, Spadoni has made it clear she does not intend to return the mistakenly transferred funds to Schwab,” per the lawsuit.
The suspect allegedly began ignoring attempts of contact by Charles Schwab & Co. after she received the funds.