Million Mistake

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 9:34am

Bank shuts down woman's account, claiming millions in overdrafts.

An Orlando, Florida woman claims an outrageous overdraft has led to her accounts being frozen.

Tanya Forister said she was already struggling to make ends meet when she checked her three bank accounts and found that she was $3 million in the red.

"I don't think I would ever see that much money in my lifetime," Forister said.

The unemployed single mother said each of her accounts had negative balances of almost $900,000.

Bank of America locked her online account and apparently closed two of her accounts, she said.

That prompted Forister to head to a bank to deal with the issue in person.

"They wouldn't give me any of my money and said they were in the process of closing my accounts and would send me a check in 10 to 15 business days," Forister said.

She said she can't wait that long because her unemployment and child support payments are deposited into those accounts and her rent is due Friday.

"I struggle and try to do the best for my kids. We will be homeless Friday if I don't get that money," Forister said.

A Bank of America representative said this appears to be a very isolated incident.

"They've really caused even more grief to a family who's struggling already," Forister said.

The bank did agree to keep one of Forister's accounts open, giving her access to a small amount of money while it investigates exactly what happened.

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