x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 29 July 2017

Nakheel executive who 'asked for an Audi' jailed

The property developer made his colleagues suspicious when he arrived at work in a succession of expensive cars.

DUBAI // A former Nakheel employee who roused suspicion among colleagues after he was seen driving a sports car and overheard bragging about his wealth has been convicted of accepting bribes.

The 41-year-old Jordanian defendant asked a contractor to give him an Audi A8 on September 2008 while he was the project manager of the Jumeirah Circle project.

The car, prosecutors said, was worth Dh350,000.

The director of the Dubai World Anti Fraud administration, Abdullah Abdullah, 55, told prosecutors they investigated the defendant after they heard him bragging about property purchases worth millions and his ownership of three high-end cars.

Mr Abdullah said their inquiry revealed he owned a new Cadillac Escalade worth Dh300,000, an Audi A8, and a Toyota Land Cruiser.

An investigation into I K's work showed that, while he was project manager at the Jumeirah Circle, he dealt with a number of contracting companies. The contractors were all called in for questioning.

One contractor presented documents showing they purchased an Audi A8 and gave it to I K after he awarded them a Dh110 million contract, said Mr Abdullah.

Presiding Judge Hamad Abdel Latif of the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance sentenced I K to one year in jail today and ordered him to pay Dh275,000 in fines.

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