DUBAI // A marketing manager who embezzled nearly half a million dirhams from his company fled the country pretending he had cancer, a court heard today.
AK, 44, from India, would pocket payments made by his employer Sahir Projects to other companies and then forge receipts to make it appear as if the payments had been made.
Prosecutors told the Criminal Court that between 2007 and 2010 he forged 15 such receipts and pocketed Dh497,000. In 2010 he took extended sick leave before fleeing the country, telling his employer he had been diagnosed with cancer.
The human resources manager at Sahir Projects, SN, 54, from India, said the scam was not discovered until after the marketing manager had left the country.
"When we contacted one of the companies requesting they deliver an advertisement which we thought we'd paid for, we were stunned to find out that there was no advertisement at all," he recalled.
He said the marketing manager had worked for them since 2004 and that during his employment he gave a consultancy job to an Indian woman, PG, 41, who helped him with the embezzlement.
The marketing manager, who remains at large, was charged with embezzlement, forgery and use of forged documents. PG was charged with aiding and abetting him.
In court, she denied the charge.
The case was adjourned to May 19.