$469K payroll ends in arrest

A payroll mistake worth $469,000 US has resulted in the arrest of an Illinois man who is alleged to have accepted pay for a job he never showed up for.

Anthony Armatys, 34, was arrested last week and charged with theft by deception, authorities said following an 11-month investigation.

Authorities said Armatys accepted a position with Avaya, a telecommunications provider, in 2002. But before reporting, he changed his mind and declined the job offer, the probe found. A payroll glitch still directed money to Armatys's bank account, the authorities allege.

They allege Armatys also withdrew $1,900 US from the company retirement account.

The company came across the payroll glitch in March.

With files from the Associated Press