Crime and Courts

Sacked manager fined Dh10,000 for using firm's credit card to embezzle Dh40,000

Staff Reporter /Ras Al Khaimah Filed on November 2, 2020
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(Nida Sohail)

He was also accused of damaging the credit card, but was cleared of the charge by the court.

A manager, who was sacked by his company, has been ordered by the Ras Al Khaimah Misdemeanour Court to pay a fine of Dh10,000 after he was found guilty of using the firm's credit card to embezzle Dh40,000.

As per the charge sheet, the RAK public prosecution accused the man of embezzling the money. He was also accused of damaging the credit card, but was cleared of the charge by the court.

Court records showed that the defendant had withdrawn Dh40,000 from an ATM kiosk using the credit card of the company that was in the safe and under the custody of his wife, who used to work as a supervisor in the same organisation.

Police investigations revealed that both the suspect and his wife refused to return the belongings of the company, including the credit card that was given to the wife, who was also later terminated because of breach of trust.

Armed with a video footage that showed the suspect while withdrawing the money from the ATM, he was arrested and referred to the court.

The suspect admitted to having withdrawn the money from the company account to pay the salary of an Arab employee who "the company refused to pay for months".

He contended that he did not steal the credit card nor the money, pointing out that he was working diligently as a manager for the company until services were terminated.

“I damaged the credit card after receiving a notification from the bank that it was cancelled, adding that the company was aware of the financial transactions he made."

The defence lawyer told the court that her client was innocent based on the fact that the company did not immediately report the “claimed crime which is baseless and kind of revenge”.

She added that the interrogation proceedings were null and void. “No licensed translator was hired during the police interrogations.”

However, the court found the suspect guilty of embezzling Dh40,000 and using the credit card of the company to get that money as per his admission and the evidence collected. He was then slapped with a fine of Dh10,000.

Staff Reporter

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