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Unfortunately, no. When money is paid to you accidentally it does not become yours after a certain period of time. The money absolutely must be returned. Failure to do so exposes you to a lawsuit for its return, plus interest, plus perhaps also punitive damages if the employer can prove that you willfully refused to return the money. Keeping the money and hoping the don't correct their mistake would be a very poor decision. I Wish I could provide better news, but it would be irresponsible of me to tell you give you anything other than a straight answer here.
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