One of the first recipients of the US government’s coronavirus stimulus cheques received a pleasant surprise when he briefly received payments for thousands of others.
Charles Calvin, a volunteer firefighter in New Chicago, a small town in north-west Indiana, went to an ATM to discover US$8.2 million (A$12.7 million) in his account.
The new balance was a bit more than the US$1700 (A$2600) he was expecting.
On Monday, Mr Calvin’s bank told him that his balance, including his stimulus check, was back to normal.
“It kind of sucks,” he said.
“You go from being a millionaire one second then back to being broke again.
“But hey, once you’re poor you don’t have anywhere else to go but up.”
Mr Calvin said it was unclear whether the error was the fault of the government, his bank, or the specific ATM.
He said he was just glad to receive his stimulus check earlier than most.
President Donald Trump signed the unprecedented US$2.2 trillion (A$3.57 trillion) economic rescue package into law last month to support businesses, overburdened health care providers and struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.
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