A former Louisiana sheriff’s dispatcher was busted for allegedly
refusing to return more than $1.2 million that was accidentally
deposited into her account — and splurging some of it on a new
car and house, according to a local report.
Kelyn Spadoni, 33, who worked for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s
Office, was seeing green when Charles Schwab accidentally
deposited the hefty sum into her brokerage account back in
February — when it meant only to transfer about $82, according
to court records obtained by nola.com
When Charles Schwab staffers attempted to stop or reclaim the
transfer, they couldn’t — Spadoni had already allegedly moved
the funds into another account, the outlet reported, citing
sheriff’s office spokesman Capt. Jason Rivarde.
She spent some of the cash on a house and new car, a 2021
Hyundai Genesis sport utility vehicle, which can range in price
from $48,000 to over $70,000, authorities told nola.com
Although the money was placed in Spadoni’s account, “it’s not
her money,” Rivarde told the outlet.
“She has no legal claim to that money,” he said. “Even if it was
put in there by mistake. It was an accounting error.”
Spadoni was arrested Wednesday and booked on charges of theft
valued over $25,000, bank fraud and illegal transmission of
monetary funds, according to Rivarde.
She was fired by the sheriff’s office — where she had worked in
the 911 center for four-and-a-half years — after she was booked,
the outlet reported.
Charles Schwab & Co. also sued Spadoni in federal court,
accusing her of ignoring their calls, texts and emails
attempting to recover the money, according to the report.
So far, about 75 percent of the money has been recovered,
Schwab argued that Spadoni’s account contract includes an
agreement that if a client receives an overpayment of funds,
that person must return the funds in full.
“If someone accidentally puts an extra zero on a utility
payment, they would want that money returned or credited to
them,” Rivarde said. “This is no different.”