Billions appear in teacher's account

Jan. 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

BALURGHAT, India, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A teacher in India said he was shocked to check his bank account, which he expected to contain $200, and saw a balance of $9.8 billion.

Parijat Saha of Balurghat, who makes about $700 a month teaching in West Bengal, said he checked his account online and was baffled to see he had somehow become a billionaire, the BBC reported Wednesday.

Saha said he double-checked the account using an ATM and called the State Bank of India when the balance was confirmed. He said bank officials did not say how the error happened, but they told him the funds were marked as "uncleared" and would not be available for withdrawal.

Bank officials declined to comment.

"I called up a friend in the bank and joked, maybe money is overflowing in your bank, that's why your system has remitted so much money into my account," Saha said.

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