In a curious turn of events, Thevamanogari Manivel and her husband Jatinder Singh are facing trial over a theft charge. The Melbourne couple received an accidental transfer of 10.5 million Australian dollars ($6.7 million) from Crypto.com in May 2021. Initially, the couple attempted to transfer 100 AU$ to Singh’s Crypto.com account, but due to a mismatch between the bank and exchange accounts, a refund was issued. However, Crypto.com mistakenly sent 10.5 million AU$ instead.
The blunder went unnoticed until December 2021 during an annual audit by the exchange. By the time the mistake was discovered, the couple had allegedly spent the funds on properties, vehicles, and transferred a significant portion to a Malaysian bank account. In court, they argued that they believed the funds were a prize from a non-existent competition run by the exchange.
Manivel recently pleaded guilty to recklessly dealing with the proceeds of crime and was sentenced to 18 months of community corrections. Singh is scheduled to face a plea trial in October.
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