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Man receives $690,000,000 cheque from US government by mistake

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A 22-year-old in Columbus, Georgia has mistakenly received a cheque for $690,000,000 (£430,000,000) from the US Treasury Department.

However, Allen Smith - who usually gets $650 VA dependency for college expenses - did not hesitate to return the cheque.

His mother Patricia told WTVM: "He immediately, immediately went to the VA officer at Fort Benning [to turn] in the cheque.

"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."

Allen has refused to talk to reporters, with Patricia explaining: "He's very humble and very shy, and he really doesn't want to be teased a lot about this."

Officials have yet to pinpoint the cause of the error, but believe it was likely either a misprint or them being hacked.

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