A Da Nang court on Saturday sentenced a 37-year-old man to 9 months in prison for spending VND40 million (US$1,783) that a bank employee sent to his Dong A Bank's account by mistake.
Huynh Ngoc Loc, who was convicted of appropriating property illegally, confessed he had spent the money on gambling.
According to the indictment, Nguyen Thi Cam Tu of a Dong A Bank office in Ho Chi Minh City sent more than VND115 million to Loc’s account by mistake on August 19, 2014. Both are Dong A Bank’s accounts.
On the same day, Loc went to an ATM on Da Nang's Dien Bien Phu Street to withdraw money to buy medicines for his sick wife. He found the large amount in his account and firstly tried to withdraw VND1 million.
After getting the money Loc continued to withdraw additional VND20 million that day and another VND20 million on the following day.
On August 20, Dong A Bank detected the case and contacted Loc, explaining the mistake and requesting him to return the money.
On November 30, 2014, the bank requested for police investigation after Loc refused to return the money.
At the trial, Loc confessed that he had mistook the money as unemployment insurance reimbursement after his company closed down.