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The Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine Thousand Dollar Error


A bank president discovers that a glitch in their system erroneously transferred the sum of $999,000 into the account of a corrupt Manila lawyer. In order to retrieve the amount, he must call in a favor to get the greatest attorney in the world to represent his case.



Air Dates

  • First Run - November 14, 1979
  • Repeat - March 6, 1980





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2 Responses to Episode 1030

The amount transferred is one million. It was supposed to be one thousand, hence the 999000 error.

Ross Presser

Interesting, E.G. Marshall seemed to indicate that this story was written because of a real bank error. A $1000 transfer being transferred as $1 Million instead. He indicated that it had happened 2 years earlier (which would have been 1977). So I did a google search on this, and sure enough - Mellon Bank of Pittsburgh had done this transfer to the Phillipines to "Melchor J. Javier Jr. and his wife, Victoria" on 1-Aug-1977. I don't know if i am allowed to do a link here, there is a NYT article on it.

jim shane

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