Crime and Courts

Dubai expat jailed for stealing Dh17.5 million from boss

Filed on November 25, 2019 | Last updated on November 25, 2019 at 08.14 pm
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The two managers were also accused of forging an account opening form.

A 46-year-old Jordanian manager has been sentenced to five years in jail by a Dubai court for siphoning off Dh17.5 million from his boss' bank account. The court of first instance cleared a 39-year-old Indian public relations manager at the bank of aiding and abetting the convict.

The financial discrepancies happened in December 2015. A case was registered at Jebel Ali police station.

The two managers were also accused of forging an account opening form. They falsified data on it by putting the mobile number and e-mail of the Jordanian manager as the 'preferred' way of contacting the customer.

The two were charged with intentionally damaging the interests of a public entity, causing financial losses, forgery and use of forged documents, breach of trust and embezzlement from workplace and criminal complicity.

The court ordered the deportation of the convict.

The 58-year-old complainant, a Jordanian businessman and owner of an electro-mechanical systems company, said the convict had been his personal business manager for about 14 years. "I found out he was embezzling large funds from my company since 2016. I contacted the bank and learned from them in a letter dated March 20, 2019, that he transferred Dh17.5 million from my account to his after activating online banking services in my name without my approval."

The complainant told the prosecutor that he had not been checking his account at the bank as he was busy and had several other bank accounts. "The defendant impersonated me as he knew all my personal information. I was not receiving any SMS alerts from the bank about withdrawal and transfer transactions."

An Egyptian auditor said during investigation that the complainant's personal business manager abused his post and his boss' trust to misappropriate his funds.

The ruling has been appealed.

Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination...

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