A Ghanaian woman in the UK named as Comfort Konadu is reported to have wasted no time in spending and dispersing thousands of British Pounds Sterling which was mistakenly deposited into her account by a store, where she had returned some items she had purchased.
According to reports, Konadu had returned an item she purchased from the store called Mencap, in Openshaw, for a refund of nine pounds, but the refund that ended up in her accounts was ten thousand times the amount. But instead of alerting the store of the mistake, Comfort rather immediately began dispersing the money, sending thousands to friends and family in Ghana.
In all Comfort Konadu is said to have sent 57,000 pounds to friends and family but the Charity store was able to recover 31,000 pounds.
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In her trial at Manchester Crown Court, Konadu’s lawyer is said to have described her as a hard working woman who succumbed to temptation. Nevertheless, the court gave her a 15-month suspended sentence.
Judge Nicholas Dean in sentencing the mother of six said, “Konadu must have realized it was an error. This is a serious amount of money and a serious offence.”