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Filipino serves jail sentence, faces deportation for Dubai gas station fraud

/ 09:17 PM December 11, 2017
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A Filipino gas station employee and two other men were sentenced to six months in jail after embezzling over Dh58,000 (about P795,000) from a gas station. 

One of the men is a 37-year-old Pakistani driver who had a fuel refilling card from his former employer that was used in the fake transactions, reports The Khaleej Times.

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The 34-year-old Filipino and his 24-year-old Nepali colleague were found to have saved the fake transactions in the electronic system. They would then take the payment but would not release any fuel.

The report further stated that the gas station employees were found to have committed forgery with electronic receipts in over 30 transactions, while the driver has made 68 illegal transactions on the card.

The embezzlement occurred from November 2015 to October 2016. The fraud was discovered when the driver’s supervisor noticed that over Dh15,000 (around P205,000) was used in the first quarter of 2016.

The driver claimed to have lost the card and denied charges of embezzlement of public money, complicity in forgery of e-receipts and use of forged e-documents.

An internal investigation and CCTV footage showed that the driver had been using the card. The incident was reported to the Al Muraqqabat police.

The gas station employees stood trial in absentia at Dubai’s Court of First Instance.

The men have were fined Dh10,000 (P137,000) each and need to pay up the amounts they embezzled. The court ordered their deportation after their jail terms are served. Niña V. Guno/JB

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