A woman who bought a villa after being accidentally paid £6million gives a bizarre reason why she splashed the cash

A WOMAN who bought a luxury mansion after being accidentally paid £6million has told a court she thinks her partner won it.

Thevamanogari Manivel, 40, thought it was her lucky day when a cryptocurrency trader mistakenly sent the windfall instead of a £60 refund.

Thevamanogari Manivel, 40, claims she believed her husband won the money she used to buy the £800,000 property

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Thevamanogari Manivel, 40, claims she believed her husband won the money she used to buy the £800,000 propertyPhoto credit: Barry Plant
The mother was ordered to sell the house after Crypto.com filed a court case

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The mother was ordered to sell the house after Crypto.com filed a court casePhoto credit: Barry Plant
Manivel

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Manivel “gifted” the plush five-bed house to her sister, Thilagavathy GangadoryPhoto credit: Barry Plant

She was expecting the small rebate from digital currency exchange Crypto.com, but received the seven-figure sum after a staff error.

The company, which uses actor Matt Damon in its advertising, accidentally entered an account number in the field that was supposed to be the cash amount in May 2021.

It took the company seven months to uncover their error during a routine audit when they found the forms contained an error.

But by the time Crypto.com filed lawsuits in February, the Melbourne, Australia, mother had already spent most of the money.

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Manivel had bought a stunning five bedroom estate in Craigieburn as a ‘gift’ for her sister Thilagavathy Gangadory.

The rest of the money was sent to six other people, including her sister and daughter.

After the discovery, the courts blocked the bank accounts of the 40-year-old and her siblings.

But following her spending spree, Manivel has now bizarrely claimed she feels her partner won the money, Melbourne Magistrates’ Court has heard.

Her attorney Jessica Willard said Tuesday co-defendant Jatinder Singh told police during an interview that he stole the money.

The court heard the mother told officers the same thing when she was arrested.

Ms Willard said: “The issue regarding Ms Manivel is the element of dishonesty as to whether or not she knew the money was stolen.”

However, Commonwealth Bank officials claim the couple were sufficiently informed that the transaction was a mistake.

Ms Willard continued: “They say there was a contact en route to bring the funds to their attention.

“CBA is truly the key witness in relation to Ms. Manivel.”

expensive mistake

The lawyer will question a CBA representative in October when the court learns how his investigation into the embezzled funds was conducted.

Prosecutor Vanessa Kambouropoulos said the bank kept careful records of her correspondence with the couple.

Manivel is also pursuing a lawsuit against Crypto.com after they filed a lawsuit to get the millions back.

When they realized their costly mistake during a company audit last Christmas, they found that a large chunk of the money had already been squandered.

A whopping £800,000 was used to buy the plush Craigieburn accommodation, which has a home gym, five bedrooms and even a cinema.

The rest had been distributed to other accounts.

Then freezing orders were issued on the accounts of Manivel, and later on those of her sister, to which the registration of the house was transferred.

“Unjustly Enriched”

The company then filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court to recover the cost of the home plus 10 percent interest.

The lawsuit was successful by default, as neither Malaysia-based Gangadory nor her legal representatives appeared in court or filed a defense.

Victorian Supreme Court Justice James Elliott ordered the property to be sold and the money returned.

He said: “It is clear that the Craigieburn property was acquired with monies attributable to the wrongful payment and would never have been in Gangadory’s hands had the wrongful payment not been made.

“Thus Gangadory was unjustly enriched by receiving the purchase price of the Craigieburn estate from the wrongful payment.

“Accordingly, I was satisfied that the orders relating to the sale of the Craigieburn property were appropriate.”

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Other orders were also issued against others who received money from the accidental payment.

Manivel did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody to appear in court on October 11 along with co-accused Mr Singh.

A stunning cinema room is located in the impressive house

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A stunning cinema room is located in the impressive housePhoto credit: Barry Plant
Manivel had spent the bulk of the money when the crypto exchange firm caught the blunder

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Manivel had spent the bulk of the money when the crypto exchange firm caught the blunderPhoto credit: Barry Plant
Jatinder Singh, 40, and co-defendant, will appear in court again in October

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Jatinder Singh, 40, and co-defendant, will appear in court again in OctoberPhoto credit: Barry Plant

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