x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Clerk who stole Dh1m gets three-month sentence

He and several others plotted to take money during lunch break, court rules.

DUBAI // A data-entry clerk at an electronics company who took more than Dh1 million from his employer with the help of four others was sentenced to three months in jail today.

DA, 23, an Indian, stole Dh1.2m from T-Pad Electronics in May, the Criminal Court of First Instance ruled. His compatriots AA, 25; SM, 29; and SK, 30, who aided and abetted in the crime, also recieved the same sentence.

AS, 34, from Turkey, was convicted of the possession of stolen items as he held Dh35,000 of the money. He was fined Dh2,000.

All denied the charges. AA, SM, SK and AS told the court through a translator that they were merely DA's roommates and knew nothing of the theft.

Prosecutors said that on May 2, DA was reported to police for stealing from his employer at Murshid Market near Iran Export Bank. DA was accused of taking cash while a cashier was at lunch about 3pm.

Records show that DA was seen leaving the accountant's office with a black bag. When the theft was discovered shorlty after the lunch break, the accountant called him but his phone was turned off.

DA was arrested the next day in Al Rafaa area, and according to records, he confessed.

MH, Pakistani employee at the company, testified that he often received large amounts of money as part of the company's operations, and on the day of the incident, DA saw him placing the money in a drawer.

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