British Airways worker stole Dh30,000 from compensation account

The customer services supervisor for the airline has been sentenced to two months in jail.

DUBAI // A British Airways customer services supervisor who embezzled more than Dh30,000 has been sentenced to two months in jail. LH, a 31-year-old Iranian, used a company debit card to withdraw Dh30,730 from an account used to compensate passengers for lost baggage, damaged luggage or cancelled flights. She was found guilty at Dubai Court of Misdemeanours of breach of trust, forgery and use of forged documents to illegally acquire the money.

LH, a BA employee for nine years, worked in the airline's office at Dubai International Airport. BA's commercial director for the Middle East filed a complaint against her on December 1 after being reported for a discrepancy in one of the compensation claims. "A £300 [Dh1,800] payment was made by LH in a claim supposed to be worth £90," he told prosecutors. "Further investigations between Dubai and London revealed she has regularly been funnelling money from the airline."

LH was retried after her case was dismissed last March on the grounds that it was beyond the court's jurisdiction. The verdict is expected to be appealed before the end of the week.