By Sarah Townsend
Defendant allegedly made copies of 9,195 health card receipts to effectively double the amounts claimed, prosecutors say
A Filipina nurse forged health care receipts for eight years, swindling her employer out of a total AED1.2 million ($300,000), a court heard on Wednesday.
The defendant started working at a Dubai hotel in 2007 as a healthcare coordinator. Dubai’s Court of First Instance heard that after hotel employees applied for health cards they would bring the receipt to the nurse, but she would make a copy to make it look like the fee was AED210 rather than AED110 for example and keep the difference, according to 7Days.
The scam went on for nearly eight years and the nurse is alleged to have forged 9,195 receipts.
However, she was arrested earlier this year she allegedly applied for healthcards for two members of staff who had left the hotel and an internal investigation was launched.
An accountant at the hotel reportedly told the court: “We discovered that it cost AED110 to issue a healthcard while on all the copies of receipts she had submitted the cost was AED210. She forged copies of the receipts and took the difference for herself.”
7Days said she confessed to swindling half a million dirhams but the hotel clams the amount is much more and the defendant reportedly denied forging official documents in court.
The case has been adjourned and the nurse will remain in custody.