Man Identified as Tony Munyoki has found himself on the wrong side of the law for allegedly refusing to reverse money that was erroneously sent to his phone number.
A Nairobi court was told that Munyoki refused to reverse Ksh 140,000 by Muhamed Abdikadir.
The Magistrate Court charged Tony Munyoki with computer misuse under the Computer and Cybercrime Act of 2018 for deliberately withholding Ksh140,000 that had been mistakenly sent to him.
Abdikadir was making payment to a equity number when he missed some few digits prompting the cash to land to Munyoki’s number.
The court was told that Abdikadir tried contacting Munyoki for two consecutive days unsuccessful as decided to switch off his phone.
Abdikadir was therefore compelled to report the matter to the authorities. Munyoki was then arrested at his hardware store in Kajiado by detectives days before he was arraigned.
In his response, Munyoki denied all the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Mary Njagi at the Makadara Law Courts. He was released on a bond Sh100,000 without an option of cash bail.
The case was scheduled to be mentioned on March 28th before the hearing slated for June 22, 2023.
According to the 2018 Cybercrime Act, it is illegal to withhold money sent by mistake. The crime attracts a fine of Ksh. 200,000 or two years in prison or both.