An honest banker at last! Former Goldman Sachs trader gives back the $89MILLION accidentally given to him by E-Trade
- Daniel Levene, a Manhattan-based trader, received the unexpected payment
- He said his E-Trade account had been topped up by approximately $89million
- But instead of running off with the money he decided to call E-Trade about it
- They apologized for the error and said they would be redirecting the payment
A venture capitalist received an incredible shock when he opened his online trading account to find $89million.
But Daniel Levene, a Manhattan-based trader, immediately decided to do the right thing and send the money back to E-Trade – the company he had his account with.
The 50-year-old former Goldman Sachs financier received the payment of $89,900,912 earlier this month.
Daniel Levene (pictured left in 2010) a former Goldman Sachs trader decided to contact E-trade and give the money back
Levene said he made the discovery after logging into his computer around 10am and immediately asked himself: ‘Did I just win the lottery?’
‘Obviously, I knew it was a mistake,’ he told the New York Post.
According to Levene he then contacted E-Trade customer support saying: ‘This is interesting – Please call me IMMEDIATELY – Did I just win the Lottery???’
The company got back to him almost immediately to apologize for the error and redirect the enormous sum of money.
A spokesperson for E-Trade later claimed the company ‘did not process any wire transfers anywhere in the neighborhood of what is being suggested.’
‘To the extent any erroneous credits increase a customer account,’ the spokesperson said, ‘The company would always work closely with that customer to resolve the issue.’
‘In such a case, no funds would have left the firm.’
E-Trade apologized for the mix-up and told the trader they would be relocating the pile of cash