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Woman arrested in Abu Dhabi for stealing from gov't entity

Suspect embezzled $3m from her employer to give gifts to married man

Woman arrested in Abu Dhabi for stealing from gov't entity
A 33-year-old Arab woman has been arrested for stealing AED11 million ($3 million) from a government entity. Image: Abu Dhabi Police.

A 33-year-old Arab woman has been arrested for stealing AED11 million ($3 million) from a government entity, Abu Dhabi Police has announced in a statement.

In a Facebook post, Abu Dhabi Police said the woman worked as a director of a customer services at an unnamed government facility.

She is alleged to have stolen the funds and spent them on an Arab man seven years younger than her who had promised to marry her.

The woman allegedly used the money to pay the man’s debts, buy him luxury cars and fancy number plates, first-class trips to European countries and other expensive gifts.

It later turned out the man was already married, deputy managing director of FBI investigations at Abu Dhabi Police, Colonel Tariq Al Ghoul, was quoted as saying in the Facebook statement.

Al Ghoul added that the woman had exploited her role as director of a customer services department to embezzle the money. She is alleged to have authorised payments for a higher value, then wired the extra money to the man.

Seven cars are thought to have been purchased with the stolen cash. The woman is said to have confessed to her crime.

The case has been referred to the courts.


Seven cars are thought to have been purchased with the stolen cash. Image: Abu Dhabi Police.

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