Australian police officers arrested a 21-year-old woman in May after she bought several millions of dollars' worth of luxury items with money that had been placed into her account by accident by her bank.
Christine Jiaxin Lee is a Malaysian national and chemical engineering student and was shocked to see that her overdraft limit had been increased to a whopping $3.6 million. She spent $3.3 million if it and according to the Daily Mail, she owes that amount back to the Australian bank, Westpac.
She was charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.
The Sun reported that when Christine found out the authorities were looking for her, she filed for an emergency passport to flee to Malaysia. Because of this, her bail conditions forbade her from using her passport and she was required to check in with the police two times a day. She is barred from obtaining a new passport and has to stay with her boyfriend in Rhodes.
Christine's attorney, Fiona McCarron, is optimistic about the case. She believes the prosecution will have a difficult argument ahead of them to prove that Christine's use of the money broke a law. Magistrate Lisa Stapleton agreed with Fiona's assessment, saying that the bank just "gave it to her."
Lisa said, "She wouldn't necessarily have broken the law ... it's not the proceeds of a crime. It's money we all dream about."
Fiona went on to say that Christine obtained a passport because she had lost her old one, not because she wanted to flee the country. Fiona insists Christine simply wanted to visit her parents.
The prosecutor, Marc Turner, disagreed. He argues that Christine filed for the passport just weeks after being made aware of the warrant for her arrest. He also says that Christine actively avoided contact with the bank and the police, who called her several times about the misplaced money.
What would you do if you opened up your account and saw $4 million in it?
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H/T: Opposing Views