Kelyn Spadoni, 33, was taken into custody Wednesday on charges of theft worth more than $ 25,000, bank fraud and illegal transfer of funds, nola.com and WVUE-TV reported. Reports said she was fired by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office after her arrest.
Spadoni is being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on a $ 50,000 bond. It is not known if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf.
Spadoni is accused of immediately moving the funds to another account and using some of the money to buy a new car and a house, authorities said.
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Authorities said a typo had prompted Charles Schwab, a major financial firm, to pay more than $ 1
The sheriff’s office said it was later learned that Spadoni had moved the funds to another account.
Captain Jason Rivarde, a sheriff’s spokesman, said that even though the money was put in her account, “it is not her money.”
“She has no legal claim to this money,” he added. “Even if it was put in there by mistake. It was an accounting error.”
Charles Schwab & Co. defendant Spadoni on Tuesday in federal court. The company tried to contact Spadoni several times to get the funds transferred back, but was unsuccessful, Rivarde said. So far, about 75% of the money has been recovered, he added.
The company argued in its lawsuit that Spadoni’s account contract with Schwab includes an agreement that if a client receives an overpayment of funds, the client is required to return the full amount.
“If someone accidentally puts an extra zero on a supply payment, they want the money returned or credited to them. This is no different,” Rivarde said.
He said Spadoni had been in the sheriff’s office 911 center for 4 and 1/2 years.
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