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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Manager who stole Dh350,000 from clients has jail term reduced 

He was sentenced to a year in prison which was reduced to three months by Dubai Court of Appeal

A manager of an immigration services company who stole more than Dh350,000 from clients had his jail sentence reduced from one year to a three-month term.

On August 16, 2014, the owner of the company was told that a 50-page receipt book was missing.

"In February last year, a client came to the company and said she paid the defendant US$23,000 (Dh84,410) and was issued a receipt, which we found out was from the receipt book that went missing in 2014," said the owner, who reported the loss to the police.

He said the manager, a 42-year-old Dominican man, admitted to police that he took the money but repaid the sum and the case was closed.

Soon after, two other clients also reported paying the manager for services they did not receive.

An Iraqi man said he gave the man $80,000 to help him obtain passports from the Dominican Republic and a third client said he paid the defendant $20,000 for a service in March last year.

In August last year, the defendant denied the charges at Dubai Criminal Court but was convicted and ordered to pay the company Dh21,000 in temporary compensation and Dh500 in lawyer’s fees.

He was sentenced to a year in prison for stealing from clients after providing them with fake receipts from a stolen receipt book.

He appealed the sentence and, at Dubai Court of Appeals on Tuesday, had his jail term reduced to three months followed by deportation.