Police in Kenner say a man has been arrested after failing to return most of the $6,300 erroneously deposited into his bank account.
Police said 36-year-old William Lopez claimed he thought the money was a "gift from God."
Kenner Police Sgt. Brian McGregor says the mix-up occurred Dec. 3 when Lopez's wife deposited a check for $700 into his account at a Capital One Bank. Someone at the bank mistakenly entered the deposited amount as $7,000.
Bank officials discovered the mistake within two hours and tried to contact Lopez. But police allege that Lopez had discovered the error about and withdrawn $6,000 from the account. He was arrested Monday and booked with theft.
"He wasn't arrested until Monday, so he had an opportunity to straighten the matter out and work with the bank as opposed to facing criminal charges," McGregor said.
Capital One representatives repeatedly called Lopez, but could not reach him. Lopez later told investigators that the bank couldn't reach him because he was in Mississippi spending the money, McGregor said.