What would you do if you checked your bank account to realize you had an additional $4.6 million that wasn't supposed to be there?
via: GuffIt happened to one girl, and the temptation proved too great. She went on a lavish shopping spree, trying to spend the cash before anyone noticed. But they did, and she paid a very steep price...
Her name is Christine Jiaxin Lee, 21-year-old engineer from Malaysia who, when living in Australia as a student, found something shocking.
via: GuffAn error put $4.6 million into her bank account.
It's like a dream come true!
She didn't do anything to facilitate the error. It just happened due to a mix-up on the bank's part.
via: GuffBut that's where the ethical grey area ends. She took the money and went on a wild shopping spree. The temptation was too much to resist.
She even got a fancy apartment.
via: GuffShe moved to Sydney's trendy Inner West neighborhood. That was the beginning of the end for her run of wealth, however.
If you're noticing a trend, you're not alone.
Oh, and she bought handbags. SO MANY HANDBAGS.
via: GuffShe spent almost a million bucks on them alone. Not the wisest use of money, now is it?
Here are just a few. $320,000 wasn't a big deal for her, apparently. Even if that's the price of a house.
via: GuffThis graphic was created by the Sydney Morning Herald as they investigated exactly where the money went.
She spent almost all of it in just a year.
via: Guff$3.3 million of the $4.6 was gone. I guess you're not too careful with cash when you never worked for it. Just ask those broke lottery winners.
Remarkably, her boyfriend was oblivious to her spending and never knew what transpired.
He learned only when she got arrested. She got out on bail, but has to report to the police station twice per day and give up her passport.
via: GuffThat's NOT the glamorous life she was hoping for. And somehow, it got even worse. I mean, can you believe this girl?
She has to pay it ALL back.
via: GuffShe claimed that she thought her parents gave her the money (WHAT?) but now has to pay back all the money she spent. It's being treated as a loan.
Needless to say, the honeymoon is over.
via: GuffI guess she does have some pretty wealthy parents, because it's being reported that they're going to cover the whole amount and get her out of debt. She says, "I have [told my parents about it] and they are not very happy with me." Duh.