Pair who embezzled Dh2m in Dubai have case thrown out on appeal

DUBAI // The convictions of a police corporal and a travel agent for forging 1,555 medical insurance certificates and using them to embezzle more than Dh2 million were overturned by Dubai Court of Appeal on Sunday. The Sudanese corporal, 51, had been sentenced by Dubai Criminal Court to three years and was fined Dh2.323 million, […]

DUBAI // The convictions of a police corporal and a travel agent for forging 1,555 medical insurance certificates and using them to embezzle more than Dh2 million were overturned by Dubai Court of Appeal on Sunday.

The Sudanese corporal, 51, had been sentenced by Dubai Criminal Court to three years and was fined Dh2.323 million, while being ordered to repay the same amount. His Pakistani accomplice, 44, was convicted of aiding and abetting and was sentenced to three months.

The pair appealed and won when the appeals court found them not guilty of all charges.

The Sudanese, who worked at Dubai Police’s Services and Medical Treatment Department, was responsible for patients who were being sent abroad by Dubai Police for treatment.

Prosecutors told the court that he forged certificates stating that 1,555 people had been sent abroad for treatment and then he embezzled the Dh2.3million cost of the fake treatments.

He was charged with embezzlement, forging official documents and using forged official documents.

Both he and his accomplice denied charges in both courts.

An internal audit discovered the alleged scam, which was said to have taken place between January 2008 and October 2011. The audit was ordered after a high-ranking officer visited the department for inspection.

“He was asked about the cost of treatment for one person. He answered Dh100 then showed us a template insurance certificate, which had names of nine people but its value was Dh1,000, not Dh900 as it should be,” said a 39-year-old lieutenant colonel who was accompanying the high-ranking officer on the visit.

An investigation concluded that the corporal had stolen the medical treatment costs as well as the visa and plane ticket costs.

Police had checked the man’s work computer and said they retrieved many documents used in the forgeries.

The Sudanese corporal was sentenced in absentia, as he was out of the country, so, upon his return, he filed for an appeal, along with the Pakistani co-accused.

The appeals court ruled in favour of them and now they will walk free.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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