A New Orleans woman has been arrested after refusing to return $1.2 million that was accidentally deposited into her brokerage account.
Kelyn Spadoni, 33, was taken into custody on April 7 and charged with the theft of more than $25,000, bank fraud, and the illegal transmission of monetary funds.
Spadoni immediately transferred the money to a different bank account before buying a new car and a new house with the funds.
After the bank realized the transfer was a mistake, it tried to take the money back. But the request was rejected because the money was no longer available in that account.
Spadoni worked as a 911 dispatcher for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. She has since been fired following her arrest.
Captain Jason Rivarde from the sheriff’s office said, “It’s not her money. She has no legal claim to that money. Even if it was put in there by mistake, it was an accounting error.”
Spadoni is also facing civil charges after the financing company launched a case against her for failing to respond when they tried to reclaim the money.
The company filed a lawsuit against her on April 6 claiming several attempts were made to contact Spadoni over several weeks, but she did not respond to any of them.
“By her conduct, Spadoni has made it clear she does not intend to return the mistakenly transferred funds,” the lawsuit states.
Detectives have been able to recover 75% of the money so far. The rest, however, has been spent on luxury items, including a 2021 Hyundai Genesis sport utility car, which starts at $48,000.