An Indiana man received more than he could have imagined when waiting for his coronavirus stimulus check. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to keep his hands on his big score.
Charles Calvin, a volunteer firefighter, revealed to local news affiliate WGN 9 that he went to withdraw $200 from his checking account after being alerted that he received his $1,700 stimulus check from the government during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, when he looked closer at his account, he realized he had more than $8 million deposited. Of course, the government scooped the money back up after being alerted of the error.
“It kind of sucks,” Calvin told the media outlet. “You go from being a millionaire one second then back to being broke again. But hey, once you’re poor you don’t have anywhere else to go but up.”
People began receiving their stimulus checks this week.
Individual taxpayers who make less than $75,000 are eligible for $1,200 checks, while married couples filing jointly who make less than $150,000 will receive $2,400. $500 will also be paid for all dependent children under the age of 17. Those who do not receive their tax returns via direct deposit will still receive stimulus checks, but they could be delayed weeks.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 23,600 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.