Police: Man Gets $3,000 After Bank Mistake, Refuses to Reimburse

Bank error in your favor? Not this time, said police.

A Riverside man who refused to return money to a bank after the teller gave him too much was arrested on theft charges this week, according to police.

Felipe S. DePaula, 27, of the unit block of Scott Street, went to Delanco Federal Savings BankĀ on Route 130 to cash a $300 check on May 16, said. The bank teller accidentally gave DePaula $3,000 instead of $300. And police said he was caught on tape watching the teller count out the amount.

But DePaula didn't ride high with the cash for long; the bank contacted him the next day to ask for the money back.

DePaula said he lost the envelope.

He was apprehended by Cinnaminson Police, processed and remanded to Burlington County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.

This information comes directly from Cinnaminson Police. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

tomas May 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Matt Bacon May 18, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Hi tomas (if that is your real name, you must work for the CIA), that site always, without fail, makes me laugh. i salute you. well played.
Roger May 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM
In a way I am siding with this comedian in keeping the money. It's not his problem that these bank tellers are supremely idiotic - did they really think this guy had a check for $3,000? I'm amazed he wasn't cashing the check at a liquor store.
JS May 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I know...if he turns in the money, let's give him an award! (Re: Sewerage Authority article)
tomas May 18, 2012 at 04:27 PM
You can't cure stupid... this idiot got what he deserved
Tom M May 18, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Again, let's point out that the commissioners of the sewerage authority were not receiving any misappropriated funds or merchandise. (As the evidence shows, thus far.)
Maureen May 18, 2012 at 09:23 PM
When the same punishment is exercised with the bankers who steal our money everyday with hidden fees, debited entries they can not seem to trace, wires they hold in the system for days on end while they trade your money to make more for themselves, THEN, I will agree with the actions taken. Until then, it seems to me Delanco Bank got somewhat of a taste of the same pain many Americans feel in the treatment of THEIR money when the BANK screws up, u don't get it BACK EVER!
Anthony Balboni May 18, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Hey hey hey.... What happened to common decency. We teach our children to be fair and honest. We want that from our civil employees. The S&L employee should probably nit be counting money anymore, but no one should be allowed to hurt the Bank (and ultimately the depositors and customers of the bank), for a banking error.... THIS IS NOT MONOPOLY... if you would teach your kids to be honest we should expect it from this man too...
Cinnacide May 19, 2012 at 07:47 AM
So... the Autobots got the guy? Thank god, I was starting to lose faith in them after Transformers 3.
project bluebeam May 20, 2012 at 01:50 AM
cyanide what are you 3 yrs old? take a break and then come back to the grown ups table before you comment again
NewToBaskingRidge May 21, 2012 at 01:41 PM
While I'll agree that he should have been honest and returned the money. I wonder what kind of legal case they'll have against him.
Joqq May 21, 2012 at 06:20 PM
project bluebeam learn how to read then come back to the grown ups table before you comment again
Zuzu May 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Apparently only some of us teach are children to be honest. Those with the screw them they made a mistake attitude are just as morally challenged as some of our politicians. Then they wonder why our society is the way it is. The teller made a mistake the right thing to do would have been to give back the money. He aw her counting it out I'm sure he knew before he left the bank is envelope was considerably larger than it should have been.
Zuzu May 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Those that think he should have kept the money should look to the recent case in Upper Darby where the woman clearly saw a man drop an envelope with thousands of dollars picked it up and went on a spending spree. She's now facing criminal charges.
Suzanne Linda May 22, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Yea I Heard about that one Zuzu. she made a Comment something like "the devil made her do it". lol PPL are just unbelieveable.
Denis June 01, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Did he use the $3000 to pay the $2500 bail?


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