6-Figure Paycheck a Steal

Man took the paycheck but not the job

By Karen Araiza
|  Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009  |  Updated 11:14 AM EDT
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6-Figure Paycheck a Steal

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The job paid $107,000 a year. Part of the salary went into a retirement account and the rest was direct-deposited into a bank account.

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A New Jersey company paid a man nearly half a million dollars before realizing he wasn't working.

Anthony Armatys was hired by telecommunications giant Avaya in 2002 for more than $100,000 a year. He changed his mind and didn't take the job, but the payroll department apparently never got the memo, according to the Star-Ledger.

For nearly five years, Avaya paid Armatys and he gladly accepted, spending most of the money on everyday items. The rest went straight into a retirement account. Armatys got caught when he tried to make an early withdrawal from that account.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree theft and has to pay the $470,995 back to Avaya. Armatys, 35, faces up to six years in prison when he's sentenced in January -- time enough to think about his next dream job.
 

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