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Man jailed for embezzling Dh1.4 million worth of air miles in Dubai

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on August 18, 2020 | Last updated on August 18, 2020 at 04.40 pm
Man, jailed, embezzling, Dh1.4 million, worth, air miles, Dubai

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The wrongdoings ran between 2017 and 2019 and were reported at Al Rafaa police station.

An expat has been sentenced to one year in jail after he was found guilty of fraud and forgery charges.

The Court of First Instance heard how the 35-year-old accused, an Asian, embezzled over Dh1,440,000, worth of air miles from an airline. He signed up to the airline's business rewards programme with 24 fake corporate accounts on the airline website. He used travel tickets of the customers of the company he worked for to fraudulently avail 9.2 million air miles.

He is accused of forging e-documents and e-fraud.

The wrongdoings ran between 2017 and 2019 and were reported at Al Rafaa police station.

The court ordered his deportation after he serves the jail term and pays a Dh20,000 fine.

The security officer in charge at the airline said: "As I was checking the travel tickets, I came across several accounts belonging to corporations signed up at our business rewards programme. The air miles were deposited in those accounts. The corporations were unregistered or cancelled business entities."

By looking further, the officer found that the taxes - on the tickets purchased off those air miles - were paid with the defendant's credit card. "He racked up Dh1,440,884 worth of air miles," she told the investigator.

During the probe, 1,306 pdf files (airline tickets and receipts) were seized for possible relevance to the case. As many as 236 other pdf files (airline tickets and receipts) were also found and used for possible relevance.

The defendant admitted the charges during the interrogation.

The court 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 college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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