According to 7News, two Melbourne women, Manivel Thevamanogari and her sister Gangadory Thevamanogari got a AUD$10.5 million deposit from Singaporean cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com after the latter made an error in giving a AUD$100 refund. An employee reportedly inserted an account number in the payment box instead of the return amount, resulting in an incorrect transfer to their bank account. According to court filings, the beneficiary utilized a portion of the monies to purchase a lavish property shortly after receiving them.
The event happened in May 2021 but was not noticed until a December 2021 yearly audit. The Victoria Supreme Court has determined that the monies must be returned to the corporation after filing a case. However, Manivel has already spent AUD$1.35 million of the proceeds on a five-bedroom luxury property in Craigieburn. She was ordered to sell the property, refund the remaining cash, or face contempt charges. The matter will be heard again in October.
“There’s no doubt that if you saw it in your account, you would know it shouldn’t be there,” Justin Lawrence of Henderson and Ball Lawyers said of the case. “The onus is actually on you to phone the sender and say, hey, that shouldn’t have gotten into my account.”
Unlike crypto transactions, which are final and irreversible, erroneous transactions can be reversed by centralized financial institutions. However, given the time it took to detect the error and the fact that the money from Crypto.com was moved out of the original account after receipt, reversing the transaction would have been difficult in this case.
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