Bank Error Makes Fresno Woman Super-Rich

July 14, 2009 12:50:13 AM PDT
When Liz Kern checked her bank balance she got a surprise. A big surprise. A really big surprise. It showed a balance of more than 850 million dollars. Liz said, "I'm an almost billionaire. Not quite Bill Gates or Dell, but, I'm feeling up there. I'm feeling real good about this." Liz and her husband Robie just moved here from Texas. They are excited to be Fresno's almost billionaire's. She said, "I can't quite spend it because it's not really mine but I'm just looking at this going ... well, what could I do with this money?"

They know it's a mistake. The actual deposit was one thousand dollars. But they'll admit to doing some daydreaming. "It's like what would you do with all this money...go to Disneyland? No, I would buy Disneyland," said Liz.

Liz went online to correct the problem. In an online chat with a bank representative, they assured her the problem would be taken care of in a few hours:

Liz:" I don't get to keep it? Let's see if Ron (the online bank rep) has a sense of humor. Oh, he writes, you'll see the correct amount in the morning. Ok, oh well."

Liz admits it was fun, being an almost-billionaire for a day. She said, "I mean, what would you do with 850 million dollars ..."

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