2 former staff jailed for embezzling Dh953,000 worth of telecom services

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Dubai - Dubai prosecutors accused a 30-year-old of processing applications for 111 SIM cards and 99 smartphones.


Marie Nammour

Published: Thu 17 Oct 2019, 11:08 PM

Last updated: Fri 18 Oct 2019, 1:11 AM

Two former employees, who abused their jobs and embezzled over Dh953,000 worth of telecom services, have been sentenced to one year in jail each by a Dubai court.
Dubai prosecutors accused a 30-year-old Indian of processing applications for 111 SIM cards and 99 smartphones. The 26-year-old Pakistani accused ran 46 applications for mobile lines and 43 requests for mobile phones. They duped the telecom provider of Dh953,680 after filing the forged documents.
The financial irregularities ran from January 2016 to January 2017. The Dubai Court of First Instance ordered their deportation after serving their jail term and paying Dh20,000 each as fine.
An Emirati auditor said they discovered the financial discrepancies after receiving complaints from customers about mobile numbers, registered in their names without their approval. "We found that all the transactions related to those complaints were processed by the two defendants. They worked as sales executives at external branches of the telecom provider."
According to the auditor's deposition during the public prosecution investigation, the applications included documents like fake salary certificates, forged business licences and so on. The applications bore also customers' fake signatures.
The plaintiff's internal probe concluded that the suspects intentionally ran the applications, without verifying the documents.The case file included an internal probe report by the plaintiff, detailing the number of the scam transactions done by the defendants and the financial losses incurred due to their breach of trust.
The verdict has been appealed.

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