KEY POINTS

  • Charles Schwab accidentally deposited $1.2 million into Kelyn Spadoni's bank account
  • Spadoni quickly moved the money to another bank account
  • Schwab filed a lawsuit against Spadoni after she refused to communicate with him

A Louisiana police dispatcher busted for refusing to return the $1.2 million that she received in her bank account on accident used a portion of the money to buy a new house and car.

Police revealed that after 33-year-old Kelyn Spadoni transferred the money into another account, she used it to buy herself a new home along with a brand new 2021 Hyundai Genesis car, according to a report from Fox 8.

Last week, authorities arrested Spadoni after she didn’t show any intention of returning the money.  She received charges of illegal transmission of monetary funds, bank fraud, and theft valued at over $25,000. Spadoni was also fired from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, where she served her duty for almost five years.

Charles Schwab accidentally sent $1.2 million into Spadoni’s bank account. Spadoni took it upon herself to move the money into a separate bank account, which stopped Schwab from taking back his funds.

Schwab attempted to communicate with Spadoni, but he couldn’t reach her. This lack of communication from Spadoni led to Schwab filing a lawsuit against her, which led to him recovering about 75% of the money so far.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Capt. Jason Rivarde said in  a statement to NOLA.com, “She has no legal claim to that money.” He added that even if it was a mistake to put the money in her account, it was an accounting error in the end.

Rivarde claimed that if someone had put an extra zero onto a utility bill's payment, the utility company would refund the money or give it to them as credit. He claims that there’s no difference between the two situations.

According to authorities, Spadoni was held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna Wednesday afternoon with a bond of $50,000.

A similar incident involving a dispatcher happened in Scotland in March last year when a baby could’ve been saved if a dispatcher nearby was summoned. A couple had their baby stop breathing and die in their home after they tried performing CPR on her during a call with 911. There was a dispatcher nearby, but they weren’t summoned because of a policy to ensure dispatchers won’t experience a child's traumatic death.

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