Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 19 September 2020

Employee 'stole Dh14.7m from telecom operator in Dubai'

It took almost two years for the telecom operator to realise the accused had ordered recharge cards in bulk but did not update the accounts

Court hearings in Dubai have been halted as part of efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus. Courtesy: AFP     
Court hearings in Dubai have been halted as part of efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus. Courtesy: AFP     

A former employee of a local telecom operator scammed his employer and transferred Dh14.7 million into his personal account, Dubai Criminal Court heard.

The accused, an Omani man, 41, worked at the telecom company’s Deira branch. He allegedly sold prepaid recharge cards to customers without approval between January 2015 and August 2018.

It was almost two years before the company realised the accused ordered recharge cards in bulk but did not update their accounts.

The employee bought a Dh1 million Bentley, a Range Rover and a Rolex watch with the money he stole.

“Despite having no other income than his salary of Dh17,000, he owned luxury cars like a Bentley, Range Rover and a Nissan Patrol. He also wore an expensive Rolex,” said the telecom operator’s legal consultant.

“During an internal investigation, he failed to provide applications and other documents for the requested recharge cards.”

The man was charged with abusing his position and siphoning Dh14.7 million from his former employer.

He has denied the charges in court. The next hearing is scheduled for February 20.

Updated: February 4, 2020 04:33 PM

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