A woman has been ordered to pay a Sh200,000 fine or serve a two-year prison sentence for stealing Sh271,000 sent to her via MPesa by mistake.
Elizabeth Karimi Muthoni, a businesswoman based in Nairobi, was presented before Kibera Senior Principal Magistrate Philip Mutua.
The accused person admitted to withdrawing a total of Sh271,200 that was erroneously wired to her MPesa agent account on July 14th this year.
The court heard that Bakar Hussein Mohamed was buying an MPesa agent account when he mistakenly sent the float cash to an account belonging to Muthoni, who operates an MPesa shop in Kitengela.
Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) tried to reverse the transaction, but the money had already been withdrawn.
While pleading guilty to theft charges, the accused told the court that she had only withdrawn part of the money and that she was in negotiations with Bakar for a refund.
Magistrate Mutua slapped her with a Sh200,000 fine, failure to which she would serve a two-year prison term.