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Time Warner Cable to Ohio man: You owe $16 million

Time Warner Cable billing mistake sends Ohio man a bill for $16.4 million. No, he won't have to pay it, Time Warner Cable says.

By Associated Press / March 29, 2011

Time Warner Cable: News 14 sports anchor Jim Connors (right) interviews Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner at the Time Warner Cable NHL Fan Fair booth in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 28, 2011. A billing error led the cable company to send a bill to one of its customers for $16.4 million.

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An Ohio man says Time Warner Cable told him he owed the company $16.4 million.

Daniel DeVirgilio, of Beavercreek, says his payment was rejected because it wouldn't cover the total. His bill is usually $80.

DeVirgilio tells the Dayton Daily News he wanted to watch the NCAA basketball tournament's Sweet 16 but didn't expect it to cost a million dollars per team. He jokes he should have added Showtime to his channels because the charge of a few extra dollars doesn't seem big in comparison.

Time Warner says human error is to blame for the payment problem. Officials say a worker typed the wrong amount owed, and a letter to DeVirgilio was automatically generated. They're working to resolve the issue.

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