Tea farmer jailed for withdrawing Sh 36,000, he wrongly received through Mpesa

 

Josphat Keire Abere charged at Milimani court photo

A tea farmer was sentenced to 12 months behind bars for using Ksh36,000 from Victoria Commercial Bank Limited in Nairobi that he wrongly received through Mpesa.

Josphat Keire Abere asked Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi to allow him to repay the bank Ksh 2000 monthly.

The Police report stated that the received amount was part of Ksh127, 613 that Ecoline Energy Ltd requested Victoria Commercial Bank to deposit in the Mpesa accounts of their employees.

“The bulk Mpesa totalling to Ksh127,613 was processed and accredited to various Mpesa accounts as listed in the email by their client,” a police statement read.

However, on November 9, 2020, Ecoline wrote a letter to the bank protesting that one of its employees had not been paid.

On receiving the letter, the bank noted that it had paid Ksh36000 to the wrong M-pesa number.

When the bank inquired about a reverse from Abere, Safaricom notified the lender that the money had already been used.

Abere also switched off his phone, but he was later traced and arrested.

Andayi said the amount Abere wanted to pay the bank per month was little and ordered a pre-sentencing report to be filed in court on August 27, 2021, before jailing the suspect.

He will be expected to be jailed for 12 Months as stated by the Magistrate.

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