School error takes money from staff bank accounts

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Posted: Dec 27, 2014 7:51 AM

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Some employees in a Massachusetts school district feel like they got a visit from the Grinch.

Instead of receiving their paychecks via direct deposit on the day after Christmas, Plymouth Public Schools workers awoke Friday to find that the amount they were to be paid had instead been withdrawn from their bank accounts. About 1,300 workers were affected.

Boston.com reports (http://bit.ly/1wsUBhe ) Superintendent Dr. Gary E. Maestas sent an email to employees saying the issue was caused by human error. The school department is working with the town and banks to fix the problem, hopefully by Saturday.

But Maestas says some banks, including Bank of America, Citizens Bank and Santander, won't make corrections until Monday, the next business day.

The error has left some employees thousands of dollars in the red.