A man who found Sh800,000 credited in his account by mistake and quickly withdrew it to build a house has been charged with stealing the cash. Morris Murangiri was charged before an Embu Court that on diverse dates between December 5, 2019, and January 2, this year, at Family Bank Embu Branch, he stole the money which was deposited into his account by mistake.
The money was intended for John Munene Njeru.
State Counsel Victor Ombongi told the court the money was erroneously credited in the suspect’s account by a person who was buying land from Njeru.
The court heard that Njeru unintentionally gave the complainant the wrong bank account number after making a mistake in one digit.
On realising the money had been deposited in his account, Murangiri is said to have withdrawn it on diverse dates before the complainant could discover.
The court heard that Murangiri used the money to build a house before he was traced, arrested and charged. Appearing before Chief Magistrate Maxwell Gicheru, the suspect pleaded guilty to the crime and applied to be allowed to pay the money back in instalments from his salary.
However, the magistrate declined the suspect’s request, noting that it would take years to repay the money in instalments. Gicheru said he has to pay the money back quickly or be jailed.
Murangiri was released on Sh200,000 bond and surety of similar amount.
The court will rule on the matter on June 22.