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So long as you were never told that there was a 72 hour limitation on the refundability of the deposit, and nothing was given in writing to you to suggest that the 72 hours was a limitation---and you never signed the lease, then your security deposit is refundable. You do not appear to owe the money.
Under the law, a security deposit is for the payment of unpaid rent or damage to the unit you rent. As there was never a release you are entitled to the money back.
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