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Irishman jailed for splashing the cash after pay error

A teenager has been jailed after going on a spending spree when his employer made a decimal point error in his salary, meaning he was paid €19,639 instead of €196.36.

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Irishman Karl Smith, 19, had “an incredible temptation presented to him” when the money was mistakenly paid into his bank account. He withdrew most of the cash over three transactions before spending the balance through use of a bank card.


Failing to report the error, he spent the money on drugs, socialising and items such as a new bed and a PlayStation.


He was jailed for four years at Dublin Criminal Court.


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