x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Executive who embezzled Dh90,000 gets 10 years

Man who embezzled Dh90,000 from Dubai's Tourism Department is sentenced to ten years in prison.

DUBAI // An executive who embezzled Dh90,000 from Dubai's Department of Tourism was today sentenced to ten years in prison.

The Dubai Criminal Court also fined the 26-year-old Emirati AA Dh90,000 and ordered him to repay Dh90,000 to the department.

Prosecutors said that MA, a representative of Jumeirah International Group, paid the executive the money as the fee for renewing the permit of an entertainment tent at the Mina A'Salam Hotel.

The transaction took place on May 17, 2009, and the executive issued a receipt bearing the department's official stamp. He also issued a permit dated from May 17 to November 12 of that year.

MK, a 45-year-old manager at the Department of Tourism, said that when he returned from annual leave he was told that the Jumeirah International Group representative had complained after inspectors visited the tent and told him the permit was not legitimate. He investigated and discovered what the executive had done.

In an earlier hearing the executive denied charges of forgery and fraudulently obtaining funds from his employer. However, he was not present for the sentencing, which was handed down in absentia. His present whereabouts are unclear.

salamir@thenational.ae