They must have thought all their Christmases had come at once, they being seven members of the same family who have just been arrested for money laundering after South Tyneside Council mistakenly paid Â£118,000 into the bank account of one of their elderly relatives.
In, what the council are calling, a case of ‘human error’ council staff mistakenly paid Â£118,000 into a 69-year old widow with dementia’s bank account and a further Â£48,000 into another account.
The Â£48,000 was returned by the honest account holder but the Â£118,000 was largely spent by members of the bank account holder’s family. The daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren are on bail to the courts after money and a car wasÂ seizedÂ from their home earlier this year.
The money was meant to have been paid into the accounts of the Northumberland County Council but found itself in two random accounts.
Meanwhile, I’m off to check my Euromillions lottery numbers to see if I’ve won another Â£2.90.