Soldier finds $100m in bank account

WHAT would you do if you woke up one morning and found $100 million in your account?

That’s the reality facing Trini­dad and Tobago Defence Force(TTDF) soldier Jason St John, who says he has no clue how the money ended up in his account.

St John, 34, said he got the surprise of his life on March 19, upon checking his account balance at the RBC Royal Bank ATM (automated teller machine) in Chaguanas.

The balance read ninety-nine million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hun­dred and ninety-nine dollars and ninety-nine cents ($99,999,999.99).

John said only the day before, his balance read zero on his account. He explained: “I had a $20,000 credit-card limit which I am trying to clear, and my RBC branch in Cha­gua­ramas suggested I take a loan to clear the amount owed while they held my salary from the previ­ous month (February) until I got it sorted

out, and as far as I knew, when I checked the account that day (March 18), there was a zero balance.”

He said to make sure his eyes were not deceiving him, on March 19, he checked his balance at not only the RBC Royal Bank ATM in Chaguanas but also at the Republic Bank, First Citizens and Scotiabank ATMs, all with the same result.

After a week elapsed, John visited an ATM in Chaguanas and then RBC Royal Bank, Inde­pendence Square, Port of Spain, yesterday, hoping the jackpot money would have gone away, presu­ming it might have been a glitch or bank error, but things became even more perplexing to him. The money was still sitting in his account.

“When I got my slip, I didn’t know exactly what to do so I held it and wait until this month-end, and I went to the ATM to get an update to see if the salary is there and get an update on my salary, and this was my salary for this month that remain there, so the one from last month not even in the account, and then the balance here is 99 million, 993 thousand and 400 hundred and eight dollars and 84 cents ($99,993,408.94),” he explained.

St John said after all his loan payments are deducted from his main branch at Chaguaramas, he is entitled to the $6,591 he has at his disposal.

“I had spoken to somebody at the bank and they say the available balance is money I can’t touch in the account and, basically, I can’t touch…but I never had this amount of money or even dream about having this amount of money in my account, ever,” he said.

He said he needs the rele­vant banking authorities to look into his account.

“I just need answers and cla­rifi­cation because I have a family to feed and this is cau­sing undue financial stress to me and them,” he said.

St John, who has been banking with the RBC Chaguaramas branch for close to ten years, says: “Several years ago, $5,000 went missing from my account and the bank blamed my wife but later decided to pay me back the $5,000 after discovering it was an error.”

He said he was made to come to the bank and sign an agreement in which he was paid the $5,000, and he explained later that month, the $5,000 was deducted from his account although the bank had made an arrangement to settle the outstanding amount.

The Express yesterday contacted regional manager of employee communications for RBC Royal Bank Nicole Duke-Westfield, who expressed shock upon hearing about the matter and later contacted the branch manager at Chaguaramas about St John’s case.

“The information as it regards to the client (St John) is confidential but the branch manager said that she was not aware of his situation. There are some issues regarding the account, not of our making,” explained Duke-Westfield.

Pressed further, Duke-West­field said she was not in a posi­tion to divulge any further details.

She however urged John to go in and speak face to face with the Chaguaramas branch manager.

0 thoughts on “MAN FINDS 100 M IN HIS BANK ACCOUNT

  1. Werk d atm till dem find out its a third world country dem cant find u like dem would in a merika a ur blessing dat from 0 to hundred mil

  2. Him is a damn idiot…after anuh robb no body and tek it… U should have draw out all a dat long time, if a even to pay it back if them ketch up pon mi over a period of time and just consider it to be a loan… Mi uda mek a good little investment in a business,,,, the bank won’t let u have it

    1. A whey them say him come from again? …. Trinidad? A so the pu**y hole them fool. And when them done them a talk bout other country ppl. Damn idiot. Living on practical welfare and bout him a call back bank. The bank shudda lock up YU pu**y!!!

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