A commercial bank employee has been ordered to pay over shillings 14 million to her boyfriend.
The employee was found guilty of using money sent to her for businesses for her personal gains.
Law Development Centre court principal magistrate Martins Kirya’s Friday order followed a civil suit filed by Isaac Kumakech against his girlfriend, Patience Ngaimita.
Kumakech asked court to order Ngaimita to pay back money sent to her to start up a bar and restaurant business, which he accused her of instead using it for personal gains.
According to the submissions before court the two met on Facebook and gained intimacy which matured into a proposal for marriage.
At the time, Kumakech was pursuing his master’s degree in the US, while Ngaimita was working with the bank’s Mbale branch.
After some time, the two agreed to set up a business, and Ngaimita resign from the job, settle in Kampala and establish a bar and restaurant to be sponsored by Kumakech.
Ngaimita shifted to Mbalwa, Namugongo in Kira municipality and Kumakech started depositing money on her mobile number but the girl used the money for personal gain.
In his ruling, the magistrate ordered Ngaimita to pay back shillings 14, 952, 335 received from the creation of the company at an interest rate of 25% annually plus one million (shillings 1,000,000) punitive damages for having acted fraudulently.