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15 July 2024

Bank error in his favour but court says pay it back


An unemployed Greenlander who suddenly found himself a krone millionaire thanks to a bank error and began giving away the cash was ordered to pay it back by the Danish supreme court.
Angut Kleist, nicknamed "Greenland's Robin Hood" by the media, was also sentenced to 100 hours community service after the court ruled Friday that he was not a crook but had succumbed to temptation.
Kleist found in 2008 that his account had mistakenly been credited with 1,335,370 krone (180,000 euros) and hastened to spend it, the Greenland newspaper Sermitsiaq reported Saturday.
Before the error was discovered Kleist had spent 421,500 krone, giving the windfall away to family, friends and even homeless people begging outside the supermarket in his village of Nanortalik in southern Greenland.
He claimed he thought that the money might have come from winnings on a German lottery but the supreme court ruled that he had no basis for this belief.