$ 1 billion on wife Largo’s bank statement was actually a negative $ 1 billion balance, says Chase


LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – A woman from Largo who was shocked when nearly $ 1 billion appeared on her bank statement on Saturday never had that amount in her account, according to her bank.

“I know most people would have thought they won the lottery, but I was horrified because it wasn’t my money,” said Julia Yonkowski.

It turns out, however, that she was never a multimillionaire at all.

8 On Your Side spoke with a representative from Chase Bank on Tuesday morning. The representative said it was not a positive balance, but a negative balance of nearly $ 1 billion that was listed.

She explained that this was a fraud prevention method used to freeze an account, which is why Yonkowski couldn’t withdraw money.

Yonkowski’s late husband was part owner of the bank account, and it was reported when she attempted to use it. Chase Bank said people are required to hand over the proper paperwork in a situation like this to avoid the freezing of a joint bank account.

Yonkowski said she hoped her story could be used as an educational lesson.

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