x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

UAE Volleyball Association secretary admits to cheque fraud

A secretary at the UAE Volleyball Association has admitted embezzling Dh68,000 from it by cashing four forged cheques.

DUBAI // A secretary at the UAE Volleyball Association yesterday admitted embezzling Dh68,000 from it by cashing four forged cheques.

N?M, 46, an accountant, was auditing the association’s account with the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank when he found a cheque had been cashed that he did not write, the Criminal Court heard.

“The cheque was worth Dh8,000,” said the accountant. He said he found another three cheques – one for the same bank account and two from the association’s account at Dubai Islamic Bank.

After his discovery he received a call from the secretary, O?S, 24, from Egypt, who asked to meet him.

“I told him I was busy but he insisted so I met him near Dubai’s Awqaf,” said the accountant.

The secretary told him he had taken the cheques and cashed them by forging the signatures. The secretary added he was planning to leave for Egypt.

The accountant had told a colleague about the meeting and the two escorted the secretary back to the association and called police.

O?S told Judge Maher Salameh: “Yes, I did forge the cheques.”

The next hearing was scheduled for November 18.

salamir@thenational.ae