Dubai HR manager accused of fake employee scam

Brit allegedly embezzled US$327k via company office that did not exist
Dubai HR manager accused of fake employee scam
The defendant is alleged to have created a fictitious employee (image for illustrative purposes only) (Getty Images)
By Shane McGinley
Wed 29 Feb 2012 12:08 PM

A British HR manager in a Dubai company is accused of fraudulently claiming a salary of nearly AED300,000 for a fake overseas employee he created, a court heard on Tuesday.

The defendant is alleged to have created a fictitious employee, named Frank, which he claimed was based in the company’s Moscow office. Prosecution told the Dubai Court of First Instance the HR manager pocketed the fake employee’s salary for more than a year, embezzling around AED298,388 ($81,236) from his employer.

The court also heard the British HR manager, who is accused of using fake university documents to apply for his position, is accused of claiming to have helped hire up to 12 employees and charging the company commission of up to AED1.2m (US$326,700).

The scheme was only brought to light when a Moroccan manager at the company looked to get in contact with the non-existent Moscow-based employee.

“We tried to track him down as he was supposed to be working for the company in Moscow. We couldn’t find him and finally discovered that he didn’t exist, so we then called Dubai Police,” the manager is quoted as telling the court by 7DAYS newspaper.

“We discovered the defendant had owned a recruitment company in the UK. He claimed they provided us with 12 employees. We had paid him commission of AED2.1 million… But the 12 employees applied to us directly without an agent,” he added.

The 45 year-old British HR manager is also reported to have debts in Singapore of $100,000 and is wanted in the UK on allegations of fraud.

The case was adjourned until March.

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