Kenyan woman pleads guilty to mobile money theft

A businesswoman in Kenya has pleaded guilty to keeping money sent to her erroneously on a popular mobile money transfer platform, the Nation news site reports.

Elizabeth Karimi Muthoni received 271,200 Kenyan shillings ($2,400) from Bakar Hussein Mohamed through Mpesa on 14 July.

She withdrew part of the money and was in talks with Mr Mohamed to refund the rest, she told the court.

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On Monday, a magistrate judge in Kajiado county, south of the capital, Nairobi, ordered Ms Muthoni to pay a $1,800 fine or risk a two-year prison sentence.

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