Pinoy Hotel Accountant in Dubai Court For Stealing Over AED250,000 From Guests

A Filipino working as an accountant for a hotel in Dubai is on trial after he was accused of stealing AED252,245 (P3.548 million) from guests by tampering their insurance claims, according to a report by Gulf News.

The suspect, 33, allegedly forged the forms by adding his credit card number as recipient of reclaimed amounts for transactions between November 2017 and July 2018.

According to official records, the insurer alerted the hotel which is located at Al Barsha area, via a letter informing them that all reclaimed amounts for a period of almost a year had been deposited into the same account.

“They told the hotel that the guests’ deposits were transferred to the account of a credit card that belonged to the accountant,” a 39-year-old Egyptian manager from the hotel said.

The hotel then discovered that the accused had been replacing hotel guests’ credit card numbers with his own to make money from claims.

According to prosecution, the original forms remained in the possession of the Filipino after he sent scanned copies to the bank ordering the transfer of cash.

A written confession that the accused signed during an internal investigation at the bank was attached to his case file.

When the accused was arrested by Dubai Police, he admitted to the forgery and to stealing the money.

The next hearing at Dubai Court of First Instance has been set for April 28.