NEW CHICAGO, Ind. – A volunteer firefighter in Indiana was shocked when he saw his bank balance after receiving the money from his federal stimulus check. And if you saw what he did, you’d be stunned, too.
Charles Calvin was supposed receive $1,700, but ended up getting much, much more.
"I went to the ATM at the Family Express and once I withdrew $200 out of my account, I looked at the available balance that was still left in my account,” Calvin told WGN. “Apparently, my account had $8.2 million in it. I'm like, 'What in the world is going on here?'"
Calvin tried the ATM again.
"I ran the card again, and again $8.2 million,” said Calvin. “I said, ‘Man, something is up with this.’”
The next morning, Calvin called his bank. They didn’t see that amount in his checking account anymore but did note that his $1,700 stimulus payment had been deposited.
The ordeal has the firefighter wondering if it was some sort of fluke, or if taxpayers are receiving way more or less than they should.
"Of course, it makes you pause and think, ‘What is going on?’ If there is some kind of clerical error or what have you, they should be on top of it,” said Calvin. “It kind of sucks you go from being a millionaire on paper one second, then back to being broke again, but I guess once you're poor, you ain't got nowhere else to go but up."
The U.S. Department of the Treasury is direct-depositing stimulus money into the accounts of many Americans. Most people who are eligible should have their money within two weeks. You may want to keep an eye out for how much you get.