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Accountant Admits Forging Cheques by Adding 1 on Left Side of Amount
Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2012 | Eman Al Baik

Posted on 03/16/2012 6:19:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Accountant has embezzled Dh656, 854 by forging cheques

A Tunisian accountant is facing 27 charges all related to embezzlement of approximately Dh656, 854 from her employer from 2009 to 2011, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

In addition to embezzlement, MBS, 33, is accused of forging cheques and bonds.

Her employer, Ehab Ahmad Fathi, 44, businessman, Emirati, testified that he recruited MBS in his engineering office as accountant at the end of 2009.

“Due to work-related problems occurred between her and another accountant in the office, the later was terminated in February 2010. I retained MBS as she holds a higher degree than the other accountant. She was the only accountant in the office and was assigned to collect money from clients. I also used to issue cheques in her name to collect the money and pay salaries to engineers and staff as well as to dues of clients and pay for the office expenses.”

In early 2011, her employer asked her to prepare and submit a report on the previous fiscal year, but she delayed by excusing that she is overloaded.

On May 8, 2011, her employer received a call from Um Al Quwain National Bank enquiring whether he issued a cheque in the name of MBS worth Dh149,874.

Fathi told them that the cheque issued by him is of Dh49,874 value. After checking with MBS who was still in the bank, she apologised and insisted that he had mistakenly written the wrong figure. “Another bank employee called me and asked me to come to the bank. Seeing the cheque it was proved that she had added the figure ‘1’ on the left side of the amount and also added in letters ‘One hundred’ and forged my signature next to the changes,” he testified.

Confronting her with that she initially denied forging the signature and said that as she mistakenly wrote the figure ‘1’ she had to change that in letters to avoid embarrassment with the bank… Later she started begging to forgive her for the mistake,” he testified.

Checking the company’s records, Fathi found out that none of the cheques he had issued during MBS’s work in the company had a copy, so he had to check with the bank. It was proved that she used to add a figure on the left side of the amount and bring their values to tens of thousands and to amend that in letters. As well, she has stolen three blank cheques and wrote different amounts on them and collected them from the bank.

Fathi appointed an auditor who reported that Dh656, 854 were missing from the company account during the work of the accused.

The accused admitted sealing but not more than Dh214,000 which she sent them back home to pay some debts and she still possess Dh25,000 which she returned to the company.

Fathi had to terminate services of some engineers for being unable to pay their salaries and said that he lost Dh1.4 million in profits.

MBS’s husband returned Dh50,000 to the company that he will pay the remaining amounts within a month, but later disappeared, the records show, testified legal consultant of an advocate office.

Ahmad Issa, 32, teller, testified that he did not check with the company to ascertain the authenticity of the cheques as they were all below Dh50, 000.

“Should they were above Dh50, 000 the issuer would be contacted,” he testified.

However, he testified that he does not remember if the cheques’ values were amended. Should they were amended then it should be signed by the issuer next to the changes. The signature is checked with that saved in the bank’s system.

The court will reconvene on April 9.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Local News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: accounting; embezzlement; tunisia

1 posted on 03/16/2012 6:19:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise

Fool! You add them on the right side and no one will know the difference!

2 posted on 03/16/2012 6:23:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway

Someone’s not getting off the island.

3 posted on 03/16/2012 6:23:54 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: nickcarraway

Accountant: Lady Chairman, sir, shareholders, ladies and gentlemen. I have great pleasure in announcing that owing to a cutback on surplus expenditure of twelve million Canadian dollars, plus a refund of seven and a half million Deutschmarks from the Swiss branch, and in addition adding the debenture preference stock of the three and three quarter million to the directors’ reserve currency account of seven and a half million, plus an upward expenditure margin of eleven and a half thousand lira, due to a rise in capital investment of ten million pounds, this firm last year made a complete profit of a shilling.

Chairman: A shilling Wilkins?

Accountant: Er, roughly, yes sir.

Chairman: Wilkins, I am the Chairman of a multi-million pound corporation and you are a very new chartered Accountant. Isn’t it possible there may have been some mistake?

Accountant: Well that’s very kind of you sir, but I don’t think I’m ready to be Chairman yet.

Board Member: Wilkins, Wilkins. This shilling, is it net or gross?

Accountant: It’s British sir.

Chairman: Yes, has tax been paid on it?

Accountant: Yes, this is after tax. Owing to the rigorous bite of the income tax five pence of a further sixpence was swallowed up in tax.

Board Member: Five pence of a further sixpence?

Accountant: (eagerly) Yes sir.

Chairman: Five pence of a further sixpence?

Accountant: That’s right sir.

Chairman: Then where is the other penny?

Accountant: … Er.

Board Member: That makes you a penny short Wilkins. Where is it?

Accountant: … Erm.

Chairman: Wilkins?

Accountant: (in tears) I embezzled it sir.

Chairman: What all of it?

Accountant: Yes all of it.

Board Member: You naughty person.

Accountant: It’s my first. Please be gentle with me.

Chairman: I’m afraid it’s my unpleasant duty to inform you that you’re fired.

Accountant: Oh please, please.

Chairman: No, out!

Accountant: (crying) Oh … (he leaves)

Chairman: Yes, there’s no place for sentiment in big business.

4 posted on 03/16/2012 6:27:21 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: nickcarraway

A bit over $8,000USD (8010.4146 USD to be exact)

5 posted on 03/16/2012 6:30:04 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse)
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To: dfwgator

Monty Python? Funny.

6 posted on 03/16/2012 6:37:03 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: dfwgator

This chick might get hired by Bernanke....

7 posted on 03/16/2012 6:57:48 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Fool! You add them on the right side and no one will know the difference!

Unless they have x-ray vision...

8 posted on 03/16/2012 7:25:05 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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