College Student Turns Over $690 Million Veterans Affairs Check

wmtv

Photo: WMTV

A 22-year-old college student from Georgia might be the most moral person on the planet. Allen Smith, whose father was an Air Force veteran, qualifies for a $650 education stipend that is issued monthly by the U.S. Treasury Department. But when he opened his check this month, he found a few more zeros than he was used to: More than $690,000,000.

Smith’s mother, Patricia, told WTVM he didn’t think twice before handing the check over to the nearest military base in Ft. Benning, Ga.: 

“I’m proud of him for what he did because if it were me and I was in his shoes I probably would have done the same thing,” she said. “He’s very humble, and very shy and he really doesn’t want to be teased a lot about this.” 

While Atlanta’s Veterans Affairs office tries to figure out what went wrong, Smith said she’s been told it was either a misprint or the result of a hacking. 

Either way, kudos to Smith for doing the right thing.

When a Wells Fargo customer found a mysterious deposit for $69,300 earlier this year, he faced jail time after going on a shopping spree rather than reporting the error.

See Also: 15 mistakes that nearly wrecked my travels abroad >

NOW WATCH: Money & Markets videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at research.businessinsider.com.au.