x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Emirates Airlines employees accused of embezzling thousands of dirhams

Two Emirates Airlines employees are accused of embezzling thousands of dirhams from the airline by buying discounted tickets and selling them on at full price, a court has been told.

DUBAI // Two Emirates Airlines employees are accused of embezzling thousands of dirhams from the airline by buying discounted tickets and selling them on at full price, a court was told.

A 28-year-old Kenyan, SA, and AD, 33, are being charged for taking advantage of the airline's policy of giving staff a 50 per cent discount on tickets for family members, by then selling them to strangers for their actual price, the Dubai Criminal Court heard on Tuesday.

SA was charged with forgery and embezzling Dh5,720 - a discount given on five tickets - while AD was charged with forgery and embezzling Dh7,968 - a discount given on eight tickets, most of them booked to the United States.

Emirates found out about the incident last November after security officers noticed a large number of discounted tickets were being booked within two months by the two defendants, records stated.

AR, 37, an Iranian security officer at the airline, testified that AD informed him SA had asked her to book tickets for unknown people in return for money. She told AR she complied because she needed the money. "He also made a number of bookings for strangers claiming they were for his relatives," the security officer said in prosecution records.

The two were not present to enter a plea but are scheduled to appear in court on October 7.

SAlamir@thenational.ae