Embu man charged with stealing for withdrawing cash from his account
Embu man charged with theft for withdrawing cash from his account. FILE

A man who found Sh800,000 credited in his account by mistake and quickly withdrew it to build a house for his family has been charged with stealing.

The Embu man who built a house using Sh800,000 mistakenly credited to his account has been charged with theft and will serve three years behind bars if he will not be able to raise the lump sum in 90 days.

Morris Murangiri was on Wednesday charged with theft of the money deposited into his Family Bank account by a person who was buying land from the complainant.

He was charged with committing the offence on diverse dates between December 5, 2019, and January 2 at Family Bank branch in Embu. The money was intended for John Munene Njeru.

The prosecution said the money was credited when Njeru unintentionally gave the buyer the wrong account after mistaking one figure.

The suspect, on realising the money had been deposited in his account, withdrew all of it on diverse dates before the complainant could discover.
He was traced and arrested. 

Murangiri declared guilty before chief magistrate Maxwell Gicheru and applied to be allowed to pay it back in installments from his salary.

But Gicheru declined to say it would take years while he had stolen the money intentionally and thus, has pay quickly or get three years jail term.

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