7 on trial, again, for stealing Dh10m from bank

Seven people are on trial in Abu Dhabi again on charges of stealing Dh10 million from a local bank by tampering with its Dh2 million draw for clients five times.

The seven were sentenced to three years in prison by a Court of First Instance last year, prompting them to appeal the verdict.

Court records showed that two of the convicts worked at the bank and were found guilty of using their job to tamper with the bank’s periodic draw contest five times, allowing their five accomplices to win the money and share it between them.

Bank records presented to court showed that five draws organised by the bank within its “rich account” for customers, were won by the defendants for three successive years between 2013 and 2015 and that there was a scam in the selection of the winners.

Last year, the court sentenced the first expatriate defendant to three years in jail and ordered his deportation from the UAE.

Six others, including a woman, got the same sentence while the woman was also ordered deported after serving her jail term.

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