Milwaukee woman charged after allegedly taking a tax refund wrongfully deposited into her account

Racine, WIS. (CBS 58) -- A 20-year-old Milwaukee woman is now charged after police say she took a tax refund that was wrongfully deposited into her account. 

According to the criminal complaint, a woman called police and stated that she was preparing a tax return and direct deposit for her stepson when she acidentally entered the bank account number incorrectly, resulting in the tax return being deposited into the wrong bank account at Educator's Credit Union.

Educator's Credit Union advised that the victim's tax return in the amount of $5,140 was deposited into the account of another bank member who refused to give the money back when informed of the error.

Officers made contact with a security specialist at ECU who gave police the information of the suspect. The suspect had already taken the money out of her account, however, and the account had a zero balance.

Police attempted to make contact with the suspect. The suspect's mother later returned the call and told police that her daughter was aware of the situation but was unwilling to provide contact information for her. The mother of the suspect stated that her daughter getting the money was the government's mistake and not a crime.

The suspect now faces charges of Felony Theft.

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