2 years' jail for Emirates Post employee who embezzled Dh97,000 through forgery

An Emirates Post employee who embezzled almost Dh100,000 to pay for the medical treatment of her sick father has been sentenced to two years in prison.

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DUBAI // An Emirates Post employee who embezzled almost Dh100,000 to pay for the medical treatment of her sick father has been sentenced to two years in prison.

The Criminal Court also ordered AA, 33, a Filipina, to return the embezzled money - Dh97,495 - and fined her the same amount.

She admitted embezzling the money between March to October 2012 by tricking companies into paying more than they needed to for Emirates ID cards.

Prosecutors said she would collect the application fees then forge receipts suggesting the companies had paid less than they should.

A financial audit discovered her scam and she was charged with embezzlement, forgery of official documents, and use of forged official documents.

She pleaded guilty and asked for a swift verdict, saying she needed to return to the Philippines to care for her sick father. She said she had transferred the money to him to pay for his treatment.

She will be deported after paying her dues and completing her jail term.

salamir@thenational.ae