(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A legal consultant, who embezzled more than Dh145,000 from his employer and fooled him by showing him four fake payment receipts, was sentenced to one year in jail by a Dubai court on Tuesday.
According to public prosecution records, the 55-year-old Egyptian consultant siphoned off Dh145,420 from his boss and falsely claimed to him he was paying up the court fees.
The Court of First Instance found the defendant guilty of the charges of breach of trust, embezzlement, forgery and use of forged documents. The court also ordered his deportation after he served his prison time.
The wrongdoings happened between February and September of 2017.
A 44-year-old Egyptian business owner said that the accused worked for him from February to September 2017. "He was in charge of following-up on the lawsuits filed by my company against other firms. He would also handle my personal cases and I would hand him over cash money to pay necessary court fees."
At some point, the complainant discovered that the consultant was embezzling the amounts rather than paying them towards settling fees at the Dubai Courts. "He would hand me over receipts, falsely claiming them to be issued from the courts. He sent me those receipts on WhatsApp. But I found out later they were forged and I checked, in person, at the courts and learned no amount had been paid towards the settlement of fees due on my business lawsuits."
The plaintiff recalled that he showed four such receipts at the collection section and was told they were not issued from them and that they were forged. He filed a complaint against the consultant at Bur Dubai police station.
An administrative employee at the courts told the prosecutor that about one year back, two persons approached him with receipts. "I checked the receipts copies' numbers in the courts' database and found those numbers were not correct. There was also an uncommon writing on those papers. I have nothing to do with those receipts."
The defendant admitted to the public prosecution investigator that he sent the receipts, falsely attributed to Dubai Courts, to the plaintiff on WhatsApp.
The ruling may be appealed.
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...