Steven Fields mugshot

Steven Fields will have plenty of time on his hands to think about his poor decision making. The 18-year-old Hull, GA man turned himself in on Friday and was charged with theft by taking for refusing to return $25,000 that a teller mistakenly deposited into his account.

Authorities say once Fields discovered his windfall, he immediately withdrew $20,000 cash and went on a $5,000 spending spree using his ATM card.

Authorities say Fields spent the money at a car dealership, and made purchases at various stores and a fast food restaurant.

The banking error occurred on March 7, when a man walked into the First Citizens Bank on U.S. Highway 29 in Athens and made a $31,000 deposit.

Several customers at the bank have the same name as the man, so the teller mistakenly put the deposit into the wrong account.

On March 17, the customer called the bank to report money missing from his account. Bank officials investigated the customer's report and discovered the teller's error.

When Fields went into the branch to withdraw more money, a teller informed him the money was a mistake and asked him to return the cash. According to a sheriff's report, the teenager insisted the money was an inheritance from his grandmother's estate.

The teen eventually told sheriff's deputies he would make arrangements with the bank to return the money. But bank officials said Fields never returned to the bank.

On Wednesday, investigator Doug Martin said no charges had been filed against Fields. But after the story was picked up by the national media, Fields quickly turned himself in.

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    • Yardgirl

      My first thought was "thank God he is white" :coffee: Now it is officially white people's problem.

      UConn!! :cheer1:

    • GottaBigOne


      The young man should be Charged/Jailed!!!

      He knew that money was not his . . . HE STOLE IT.
      He "Thieving" as my Panamanian buddy would say!


    • Afiya

      :thinking: So if he does the time, do he have to return the money? :rules:


    • Smokie

      Well, he was King for a day... :dance:

    • missyJ

      He parking lot pimped for exactly 3.5 days.. po lil tink tink talmbout him grandmamma gave him that chain

    • Bird

      Afiya says:

      :thinking: So if he does the time, do he have to return the money?
      That's what I wonder.

    • Sandra Rose

      Afiya says:

      :thinking: So if he does the time, do he have to return the money?

      Yes. The judge will make him pay restitution to the bank.

    • 69

      I know someone(when I was a kid) who accidentally got more money in their account than they initially had. No it wasn't $31k but, it was more than a "couple" hundred dollars.

      Lady spent that money and when the bank eventually came to her about the misappropriation of funds, she told the bank to kick rocks. It wasn't her fault that somebody put money in her account and anything in an account with her name on it was HERS. And she closed that account after they said something. She was old and not trying to hear that shyt. She cussed that bank for all it was worth when they called her. Rest her soul. :hahaha:

      Why she ain't go to jail tho? :shrug:

    • missyJ

      Why she ain’t go to jail tho? :shrug:


      DA ultimately decided whether or not to prosecute. A couple hundred or even thousand takes more to prosecute than stolen.

    • charleybrown

      spent the money at a car dealership, and made purchases at various stores and a fast food restaurant.

      :blink: Fast food restaurant?? What in the sam hill hell was he eating??

    • Draya said “that’s what strippers do” puppylove

      I still do not understand how you put me in jail over money you GAVE to me. Makes no damn sense. Im sure they fired the teller. How are you relying on names to complete a deposit, that's what account numbers are for.

    • weFukNorNah

      He will have to pay restitution...

    • weFukNorNah

      Sorry sandra I didn't see you already said that

    • MrsMantha

      Ump, he shouldn't have lied, just told them, if it's in my account, it's my money.. leave it at that.

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