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27 May 2024

Bank accused of robbing Emirati client

By Staff

An Emirati woman is accusing Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) of stealing nearly Dh1.69 million from her account when she asked an employee to transfer part of her deposit to her daughter, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Umm Sultan, 54, asked an employee at the bank branch in Abu Dhabi just before the end of the year to use Dh1.2 million of her deposits to transfer Dh734,000 for her daughter and the rest for her son, semi official daily Alittihad said.

A few days later, her son found out that the employee transferred Dh1.69 million from her account to another person who had left the UAE, it said.

“When we asked about the employee, the bank told us that he is on a month leave outside the country,” her son Sultan said.

The paper said Umm Sultan is accusing that employee of stealing her with the help of the management of the bank, which is located on Muror Road that links Defence road to the capital’s outskirts.

It quoted an unnamed senior bank official as saying the bank is investigating the issue and any stolen funds would be returned to the client.

Alittihad said part of the funds was also transferred to a second person who could not leave the country as he is already wanted by the police.

“The client just asked my mother to sign the papers when she went to the bank on December 28…he used her inability to read,” Sultan said.

Another paper, which also reported the incident, quoted a senior police officer in Abu Dhabi as saying Umm Sultan had reported the case to the police, adding that the bank’s employee and his accomplices are all Arabs.

“The bank employee and one of his accomplices have fled the UAE while the third is still inside the country,” Capital police director Brigadier Maktoum Al Shareefi said.