Dubai: Bank clerk jailed for embezzling client’s Dh6.5 M

A bank clerk has lost his appeal and will be jailed for five years for conspiring with a fugitive against a businessman and embezzling Dh6.5 million from the latter’s account. The 22-year-old Pakistani clerk, who worked at the bank and his countryman, who worked for Du, conspired against the Afghan businessman, who had opened a bank account and deposited Dh6.5 million in it before leaving for his country in March 2014.

The clerk and the Du employee forged an application bearing the businessman’s details and obtained a new SIM card in his name. Then using that SIM card, they contacted the bank and gave the businessman’s details to change his PIN and activate the phone banking service [for elite clients] before they wired Dh6.5 million to another account.

In March, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the Pakistani clerk of forgery and embezzlement and sentenced the accused to five years in jail and fined him Dh1 million. The accused, who had pleaded not guilty, will be deported following the completion of his punishment.

 

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