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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 16 November 2018

Pair took bribes in exchange for details of 25 Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank accounts, court told

One victim had up to Dh600,000 stolen from her account after details were leaked, Dubai Criminal Court hears

ADCB has started initial talks for a potential merger with UNB and Al Hilal Bank in Abu Dhabi.  Stephen Lock / The National
ADCB has started initial talks for a potential merger with UNB and Al Hilal Bank in Abu Dhabi.  Stephen Lock / The National

Two bankers accepted bribes in exchange for leaking the account details of 25 customers of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, a court heard.

The Indian men, aged 32 and 23, both employees by ADCB, accepted the cash in exchange for revealing account information of customers living overseas who had balances of more than Dh300,000.

One of the defendants received Dh100,000 and the other a sum between Dh50,000 and Dh100,000, from a 30-year-old Indian man.

The men used the information to steal Dh599,000 from the account of one customer, who was out of the country at the time, Dubai Criminal Court heard.

They applied for bank cards in her name and used internet banking services to transfer Dh583,000 to an account belonging to them, prosecutors said.

The trio then allegedly used the credit card to withdraw another Dh16,000 from the account.

The three defendants are charged with fraudulently obtaining money.

Two, aged 30 and 32, are charged with illegally obtaining credit and ATM cards.

A 23-year-old banker is also charged with abusing his position, accepting a bribe, divulging confidential information, and aiding and abetting.

The Indian victim, 34, said she left the country in December 2016 and returned on February 25 last year.

On March 3, the woman was informed by her bank that she had been transferring money and using her credit card to purchase gold, which she said she did not do.

“The last action I made on my account was in December 2016,” she said.

The anti-fraud section at the bank started an internal investigation which led to the men being identified.

The two bankers were arrested, but the third man remains at large.

The two former ADCB employees deny the charges. The next hearing is on September 20.

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