A Filipino hotel employee in the United Arab Emirates faces trial before a Dubai court for allegedly embezzling Dh252,000 (P3.545 million) worth of guests’ security deposits.
Prosecutors accused the Filipino of embezzling, forgery, and use of forged documents, and not returning the amounts he supposedly embezzled from the hotel.
Records from public prosecution before the Dubai Court of First Instance showed the Filipino employee, 33, used to work at the accounting section at the hotel.
The Filipino, who is presently detained, allegedly abused his trust to embezzle guests’ money by forging reclaim forms. The incident was reported to police last November. The trial continues on April 28.
An Egyptian hotel manager said they received a letter from the bank informing them about several money transfers from the hotel’s account to the same credit card.
Investigation showed the card belonged to the Filipino, and further investigation showed he embezzled Dh252,245 between November 2017 and July 2018.
The hotel manager said the original reclaim forms were with the defendant who worked at the accounting section.
He said the Filipino would scan the original form on the computer and then alter it by replacing the number of the guest’s bank card with his credit card number.
The Filipino would then send the altered copy to the bank where the hotel’s account is deposited, and the bank would send the amount to his credit card account.
According to the hotel manager, the Filipino “acknowledged what he did in front of me and the hotel manager and another administration staff.”