Crime and Courts

Dubai bank ordered to pay Dh4.9m stolen from customer's account

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on December 16, 2019 | Last updated on December 16, 2019 at 08.18 pm
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One of the accused posed as the customer and withdrew the amount.

A Dubai court has ordered a bank to repay a customer Dh4.9 million that was siphoned off from his account. According to public prosecution records, the complainant, an Arab man, had a dormant account at the bank.

He was out of the UAE for some time and when he returned, he found that someone had managed to withdraw all the funds from his account.

The Dubai commercial court ordered the bank and the accused (a former Arab employee and his accomplice, an African man) to re-deposit the balance into the complainant's account and also to pay him an interest of 12 per cent over the misappropriated amount.

The court reached the decision after it ruled that one of the bank's former employees was involved in the fraud. Court records show that the defendant's accomplice approached the bank and pretended to be the complainant. The duo misused the complainant's ID copy and other personal documents to withdraw the amount.

The defendant and his accomplice were found guilty by the Court of First Instance of charges of forgery, use of forged documents, breach of trust, fraud and criminal complicity. They have each been sentenced to three years in jail. They will be deported after serving their time in jail and paying the money as ruled by the court.

A case was registered in 2017, following which the two men involved were apprehended.

The court order remains subject to appeal.

Just last week, a bank in Dubai was ordered to pay a customer Dh4.6 million that was stolen from his savings account. The embezzlement happened after fraudsters impersonated the account holder and applied for a replacement SIM card on his behalf at a telecom provider.


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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