"I started suspecting that he was swindling office funds."
An Indian man in Dubai has been sentenced to six months in prison for forging his employer’s signature 47 times over two years.
The 29-year-old man was jailed on December 30, 2020.
He has been convicted of transferring 447,000 Dirham (£89,000) of office funds into his personal account.
The accused has also been ordered to pay 471,000 Dirham (£94,000) in penalties to his employer, Transcontinental Indenting.
The accused had reportedly been working as a senior administrator in the company for the last eight years.
As a trusted senior employee of the firm, the man had access to the company’s cheque books.
His boss, Kishanchad Bhatia, stated:
“In October 2020, I found a cheque book in his office drawer which had no leaves but several blank counterfoils.
“That is when I started suspecting that he was swindling office funds.
“Subsequent investigations showed that all the missing cheques had been drawn in favour of him.
“We confronted him with the evidence and reported the matter to Dubai Police.”
The Indian man was arrested by Dubai police on October 18, 2020, and convicted of his crimes by a jury in a Dubai court on December 16, 2020.
The man is a native of Gujarat and will be deported after his jail term ends.
In a separate incident, a Singapore court sentenced an Indian woman to six years in jail on December 21, 2020.
Kaveena Jaya Kumar, aged 42, pleaded guilty for cheating people of up to $600,000 (£332,000).
Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Zhi Hao told the court:
“Kumar has difficulty staying out of crime and has no qualms about reoffending.”
Kumar was sent to jail for cheating for the third time in eight years.
She was convicted of scamming her victims of more than $600,000.
Kumar was last released from jail in October 2015 and reportedly returned to criminal endeavours in August 2016.
Between 2016 and 2018, she cheated 95 victims of cash totalling more than $600,000.
Kumar also admitted that she had misappropriated over $15,000 (£8,000) which a woman had entrusted to her.
Another 154 cheating charges involving the remaining amount were taken into consideration during Kumar’s sentencing.
In one of her recent scams, Kumar bought tickets in bulk from travel agencies but did not make any payment.
The court heard that she duped the travel agencies by handing over cheques from her personal bank account.
Kumar sold the tickets online for their full amount and kept the profits.
She further fooled the travel agencies by sending over screenshots of purported bank transfers scheduled for later dates.
In late 2017, Kumar scammed people claiming that she could obtain flight tickets at prices lower than those offered by travel agencies.
She duped them into paying her even though she had no cheap flight tickets to sell.