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Crime & Punishment: You Messed With the Wrong Clerk
People's United Bank accidentally diverted $74,000 from the account of a supermarket into that of a Bridgeport grandmother, leading to her arrest. Two years ago, Donna Hutchinson discovered $4,000 had mysteriously appeared in her account. Because she had prayed for a resolution to her debt and oncoming foreclosure, Hutchinson, 49, "thought the money was God-sent," she later told police. She initially used it just for bills, but as Jesus continued to shovel in the cash, she paid for vacations and salon visits, reports the Connecticut Post. Meanwhile, Ammar Raslen, owner of C-Town in Stratford, noticed some missing funds. He says he went to police when the bank stonewalled him. Of course, bankers are never arrested for anything, so police charged Hutchinson with felony larceny (though they agreed to wait until she was done babysitting her grandson to haul her in). Raslen says People's has since credited $74,000 to his account without making an apology.
By Nick Keppler
March 19, 2013