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Convicted woman freed on Dh200m bail on appeal

By Staff

An appeals court in Abu Dhabi released a woman on Dh200 million bail after she was sentenced to three years in jail in November on charges of using her position in a local public department to swindle Dh297 million.

The judge ordered the seizure of her passport while three accomplices were also freed with their passports impounded by the court.

The unnamed woman had appealed the earlier verdict and denied she had embezzled any funds despite incriminating statements by the state auditing body and employees at insurance companies dealing with the department.

The woman was convicted of forging documents and receiving large commissions from insurance firms in the country following a report by the Auditing Office based on testimony by employees at those companies.

The court in November sentenced two other defendants to three months in prison to be followed by deportation while two other accomplices were sentenced to six months and deportation.

The woman was also ordered to return all swindled funds, according to the semi official daily Alittihad, which did not name the department.