2010-05-20 / Family

Altoona Man Gets House Arrest In $280K Bank Error

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania man will spend a year on house arrest and six more on probation for keeping about $280,000 mistakenly deposited into his bank account.

Fifty-eight-year-old Herbert Starbird, of Altoona, was sentenced Thursday. He had been convicted of theft in March for keeping the money he discovered in his First Commonwealth Bank account in October 2007.

Starbird spent much of the $280,276, but only after claiming he checked with the bank and was told the deposit was not a mistake. Starbird says he thought a relative might have given him the money.

But the bank and Blair County prosecutors say Starbird was stubborn and simply refused to repay the money once he was told it was a mistake in February 2008.

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