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Man Faces Charges for Unreturned Bank Error Payment

Man Faces Charges for Unreturned Bank Error Payment

Tony Munyoki was charged heavily by a Nairobi court after he refused to return Ksh 140,000 sent to him by mistake.

The Magistrate Court charged Tony Munyoki with computer misuse under the Computer and Cybercrime Act of 2018 for withholding Ksh140,000 that Muhumed Abdikadir had mistakenly sent to him.

On December 25, Abdikadir inadvertently missed a couple of digits while making a Mpesa transaction.

He stated that he intended to send the funds to someone else as payment for services rendered through his Equity Bank account.

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He attempted to contact Munyoki for two days in a row but was unsuccessful because Munyoki had turned off his phone.

Abdikadir was forced to report the incident to the authorities. Detectives who took over the case arrested the man at his hardware store in Kajiado just days before he was scheduled to appear in court.

Munyoki, on the other hand, denied all charges in front of Senior Principal Magistrate Mary Njagi at the Makadara Law Courts. He was released on an Sh100,000 bond with no option for cash bail.

The case will be discussed on March 28th, before the hearing on June 22, 2023.

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It is illegal, according to the Cybercrime Act 2018, to refuse to reverse money sent to a person by mistake.

According to the Computer and Cyber Crimes Act of 2018, failing to reverse an M-Pesa transaction made by mistake will result in an Sh200,000 fine or imprisonment.