Staffer steals Dh150,000 from safe, tries to flee

An employee was sentenced to three months in jail for stealing Dh150,000 from the safe of his employer’s office. (Supplied)

A Pakistani employee was sentenced to three months in jail for stealing Dh150,000 from the safe of his employer’s office and attempted to flee the UAE on the following day.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance ordered KI, 31, to be deported after serving his jail term.

According to the records, the manager of the company handed over Dh300,000 to the accountant who put the amount in the safe.

“The accountant locked the safe, put the key in a drawer of his desk, locked the desk and kept the key with him before leaving the company at the end of the working day,” said the manager, AZ, 24, who is also the son of the engineering company’s owner.

On the following day, the accountant discovered half of the money missing and reported it to the manager.  The manager lodged a complaint with the police who arrived and lifted fingerprints from the safe and the drawers.

Police asked the manager and other employees to follow them to the police station to take their testimonies.

“The accused was one of the employees asked to come to the police station. Police officers asked us to present our passports.  Suddenly I noticed that KI had disappeared. Police called him on his mobile and asked him to come back but he made some excuses,” said the manager.

KI told police that he went to collect his passport which was kept in the custody of a rent-a-car company. But his employer told police that the passport is in the possession of KI.

Police circulated KI’s name to all ports and airports. On the same night, KI was arrested at Dubai International Airport while attempting to leave the UAE. Police confiscated from him Dh144,500 which he admitted to stealing from his employer’s safe.
 

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