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Manager awarded lesser penalty
BY HAMZA M. SENGENDO November 11, 2017
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DUBAI: A manager who snatched the receipt book of his employer’s subordinate company and allegedly used it to swindle $100,000 (Dhs367,500) from clients, has won a lenient punishment.

In court, the Dominican manager, 42, was only charged with stealing the book from his workplace at an immigration services company in Port Saeed area. The theft was discovered on Mar.21, 2016.

He denied the charge on Aug.10, 2016, “The complainant has filed seven cases at seven police stations. Each time I conclude a case, I come out only to find myself being detained over another baseless complaint.”

On Feb.12, the Criminal Court sentenced him to one year behind bars plus deportation. He appealed and on various occasions argued that the case was cooked up. The court has lessened the term to three months.

He argued on June 18 for around one hour that the complainant was concocting cases. “He filed several malicious cases in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai. When I come out of one case, I find when he has filed another. A total of 14 cases have been filed against me!

“He has accused me of theft, fraud, forgery, and embezzlement, among others. He accuses me of almost everything apart from drugs.”

The manager presented a heap of documents revealing discrepancies in the complainant’s testimonies at different stages of questioning, plus discrepancies in the witnesses’ testimonies.

“During the date and time of the alleged theft and fraud incidents, I was in Cyprus. These are the documents to prove. I request to be acquitted. I have been framed,” he explained.

“Had I been charged with this case only, I would have been jailed by now, but due to the fact that he cooked up a lot of cases against me, the bogus evidence has backfired on him.”

In Aug.16, 2014, a Cyprian investor was abroad when his Filipina accountant alerted him about the book’s theft. On Feb.16, 2016 a female Emirati client requested to review her 2013-2014 transactions and money that she deposited in the company’s account.

In one transaction, she was astonished to find that $10,000 was not recorded. In another transaction, $13, 000 was not recorded. She recalled that regarding the first transaction, the manager did not issue a receipt.

And during the second transaction, he pulled out an old receipt, handwrote data in it and gave it to her. While in police presence, the manager confessed and returned the money. The case was closed.

The secretary claimed that the manager deceived that clients additional payments were for clearing transactions. The investor then discovered he swindled $100,000 from two clients and issued them stolen receipts.

The manager swindled $80,000 from an Iraqi visitor and $20,000 from a Dominican visitor. He received $10,000 more from the Dominican meant to ‘expedite’ the transaction.

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