Crime and Courts

Man embezzles over Dh48,000 from petrol station, flees UAE

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on November 3, 2020
KT File

He took advantage that he had still his passport on him to take the money

A Dubai expat had stood trial at the Court of First Instance on the charge of embezzling over Dh48,000 from a petrol station.

Dubai public prosecution records show that the 34-year-old Indian man misappropriated Dh48,825 two days after he returned from his leave. He took advantage that he had still his passport on him to take the money and flee the UAE. The alleged theft took place when he used to be a supervisor at the petrol station and handled part of the revenues.

He has been charged with embezzlement of funds of a public entity.

The case dates back to August 11 and was registered at Al Qusais police station.

A manager at the plaintiff's firm said that the accused had been working there for 10 years and promoted to a customer service assistant.

“His duties would include being an administrative and technical supervisor. He would also collect part of the daily revenues from the petrol station workers and the supermarket staff and those of the internal restaurants. He would keep the funds and later hand them over to the right staff to deposit it at the bank.”

On August 11, the defendant opened the safe at his workplace and took a total of Dh48,825 and fled the scene. When the supervisor of staff of the next shift arrived, he was given the safe key but was not handed over the revenues with a signed statement of the daily sale.

The other shift supervisor checked and counted the money left in the safe after his colleague’s departure and then compared it with the sale records in the system. He found that the defendant had taken the revenues collected during his shift instead of handing them over to him.

The administration could not reach to the accused as they discovered that he fled the UAE right after embezzling the amount. He had returned from a leave just two days earlier and seized the opportunity that his passport was still with him to travel out of the country after carrying out the theft.

The next hearing will be on November 10.


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, Lebanese community-related affairs and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, Marie worked as an in-house reporter, covering international affairs for the LBCI and the LBC Sat (Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International), a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for Sagesse, a renowned law college in the heart of the Lebanese capital. Marie speaks fluently Arabic, French, English and Spanish. She is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and of the French literature.

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