It was a fairytale — at least for a little while.
A college student in South Africa found she could afford a lot more than a few school books when a whopping $1 million was accidentally transferred into her financial aid account.
The enormous error was made in June when accounting student Sibongile Mani noticed that her usual $100 stipend for food and books included a few extra zeros.
According to local media outlets, the 27-year-old Walter Sisulu University student went on lavish shopping sprees with the money.
The Herald Live reports that she started coming to class in designer outfits and threw her friends over-the-top parties. It was her new extravagant lifestyle that ultimately raised suspicion and led to another WSU student alerting school officials.
“She bought an iPhone 7 and clothes for herself and each of her friends,” one student told the outlet. “She suddenly appeared at lectures wearing designer clothes and she pimped up her crew of friends.”
Intellimi, the company responsible for issuing debit cards to financial aid students, admitted to making the error.
According to the CNN, by the time officials realized the mistake Mani had allegedly spent more than $60,000.
The student’s account has since been blocked and the remaining money was transferred out, a WSU spokeswoman Yonela Tukwayo told CNN.
She also said the error did not affect other students from receiving their financial aid.
“All students who were due to receive NSFAS payments got them,” Tukwayo said.
Mani has been ordered to pay back the money she spent. Intellimi said legal action may be taken for the misappropriation of funds.
In a since-deleted Facebook post, Mani said she had alerted officials about the money in her account.
“Today my personal life has become a social media scandal. I have been named and shamed in public. Today, I am a bad person, a person who stole the money of students,” she wrote, according to Herald Live. “With that being said, and being named a thief, but as we all know in every story there is truth and there are lies with the very same story.”
Mani did not return the Daily News’ request for comment.