An accountant stole 5 million dirhams from a tobacco company

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Mohammad Yasin, Staff reporter

An Asian accountant deceived a cashier at a tobacco trading company and stole a key and security card from him and, in connivance with his brother and two other compatriots, stole Dhs 5,020,000 from the safe of the company he worked for.

Dubai Criminal Court sentenced 3 suspects and the last one in absentia, 5 years followed by deportation after serving their sentence, and fined them jointly the amount stolen. The court also referred the civil case to the competent court.

Details of the case which unfolded at a tobacco trading company in Dubai’s Silicon Oasis date back to March 2022, when an investor reported Dhs 5,020,000 was stolen from a safe in his office .


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The complainant said that he asked the cashier of the company to bring him some money from the safe to pay some of the company’s obligations, but he was startled by the cashier’s shouting while he was at the safe.

The complainant added that he went to the location of the safe, where he found the cashier and the safe door, which was empty open, so he called company security to checking the surveillance cameras, where it was found that two people entered the room outside working hours, so he informed the police and gave them the recording of the cameras.

Investigators took inferences and checked the surveillance cameras and the employee’s entry and exit device, where it was found that two people who entered the company where one of them opened the safe door with the accountant’s entry card, stole the money and fled the place.

A police officer said during interrogations that the police tracked the location of the first suspect and arrested him in possession of 1,250,000 Dhs, in addition to jewelry and computers.

When questioned, he admitted having stolen the safe of the company for which the accountant worked, after having deceived the cashier from whom he had stolen the key and the card of the safe, because his second suspect, his brother, the copied and returned them to the cashier again.

The suspect added that he was planning with others, including his brother, to rob the safe as the roles were split between them as two of them got into the business after the first suspect, the accountant, gave them the details of the location and his access card so that they could enter the business. They already entered there after making sure that all the employees had left, they stole the money and headed to another emirate where they shared the money. The suspect guided the police to the rest of the suspects.

Other suspects were arrested in possession of money and when questioned admitted that it was the money they had stolen and that they had sent some of it to their country of origin by an acquaintance who was working illegally in money transfer, as he was arrested in his possession of 150,000 Dhs.

When questioned, he admitted that the money belonged to the first suspect and that he had transferred 1,200,000 Dhs, which the second suspect gave to him.

The third suspect, who was arrested at his home in possession of a large quantity of jewellery, watches and telephones, which he confessed to buying with the stolen money.

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