EIDA employee: 'I stole ID Card cash to care for sick father'
A cashier has admitted embezzling almost Dhs100,000 from Emirates Identity Authority by forging customer receipts in ID card typing centres.
The Filipina worker said she stole the money to pay for treatment for her sick father back in the Philippines. The 33-year-old, who pocketed Dhs97,495 in the scam, appeared at Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday where she pleaded guilty to charges of embezzlement and forging official documents.
The court heard how she would give a receipt to customers detailing the correct amount of money for the typing services. However, she would send a doctored copy of the receipt for a lower amount to the authority and pocket the difference.
She forged more than 100 receipts between March 2012 and October 2012.
The Filipina stated in official records: “I would write a lower amount on the copy and give it to the authority and keep the difference for myself.
“I sent all the money to my home country to help my sick father.”In court on Sunday the woman said: “I’m guilty your honour. I stole the money.
“I just want a quick judgment to finish the case and then return to my country to take care of my sick father.” An official at the ID authority uncovered the scam when he discovered discrepancies in their finances. The Emirati official contacted ID card customers asking for the original receipts to be produced.
“There was a different amount of money registered on the receipts,” the 34-year-old stated in official records. “When we questioned her she denied any wrongdoing. Then we discovered she was planning to leave the country so we contacted Dubai Police.”
The case was adjourned until March 27. The woman will remain in police custody.