Technically, Lee didn't steal $4.6 million — it was given to her accidentally by the bank in an overdraft error. However, instead of notifying the bank that she had suddenly become an accidental millionaire, Lee decided to go on a shopping spree. And honestly, can you blame her? Who doesn't want to wake up with a several million dollar surprise in their bank account?
Lots and lots of handbags. If you think it's hard to spend a million dollars on handbags, just take a look at Christine Jiaxin Lee — she didn't find it to be too hard. But, boy, those are some b-e-a-utiful bags.
Lee's boyfriend of 18 months, Vincent King, claims that he had "no idea" about his girlfriend's millions. But doesn't that seem a bit hard to believe? Did King never wonder how his girlfriend could afford a luxury penthouse and a closet full of designer handbags?
So when Lee got arrested and called her boyfriend to bail her out, King was probably a bit confused. Lee was granted bail, but she has to abide by strict rules, such as reporting to a police station twice a day and relinquishing her passport.
Lee, who claims that she originally thought her parents had given her the money, now has to pay the bank back the $3.3 million she spent. The court and the bank look at the $4.6 million as a loan, not as an accidental gift.
The jig is up, and Lee's shopping sprees have come to an end. She is lucky enough, however, to have parents that will bail her out of a $3.3 million mistake: She told authorities that they will come visit her and write a check to the bank.
"I have [told my parents about it] and they are not very happy with me," Lee admitted.