Dubai tax office worker pockets Dh70,000 in VAT refunds

Daijiworld Media Network

Dubai, May 25: A 34-year-old Filipino clerk who works at a tax refunding company, accused of stealing Dh70,000, went on trial at the Dubai Court on Monday.

According to public prosecution records, the accused faked electronic documents on his company’s system, which refunds value added tax (VAT) to travellers at Dubai International Airport. He then deposited the money onto credit cards for his own benefit.

It is reported that the man allegedly messed up electronic data and stole amounts of money on different occasions. He would save the claimants' personal details in the system and falsely claim in the company's records that the refunding was by cash. But he would deposit it, in reality, later into credit cards that did not belong to the claimants.

However, the director of the tax refund company noticed two credit card numbers repeatedly appeared in tax refund transactions for different travellers.

As per Gulf News report, the company director said, “Some travellers who applied for cash refunds were in a hurry to catch their flights.” “The defendant changed their refund transactions from cash to credit card payments and put the refund amount for his benefit onto two credit cards.”

The tax refund company received a complaint from a traveller that the amount hadn’t been refunded onto his credit card.

“The system showed that he [the defendant] used two credit cards several times for different travellers,” added the director. “He illegally obtained Dh69,311 in tax refunds.”

The defendant admitted theft and forging electronic documents. A verdict will be issued on June 24.



Title : Dubai tax office worker pockets Dh70,000 in VAT refunds


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