An Asian man has been sentenced in absentia to 10-year imprisonment and subsequent deportation for embezzling QR138,073 belonging to his employer, a gas transport company, during 2007.
The court learnt that the accused, identified as a 34-year-old Iranian, misused the credit card given to him by the company to carry out governmental transactions and pocketed QR42,672. The fraud was exposed by his successor.
According to the chargesheet, investigations also found that the suspect used the cards to withdraw QR77,401 in October and November of 2007.
Using the card, he also purchased items worth QR18,000 from a local store for personal use.
A company official told the court that in addition to embezzling QR138,073, the suspect failed to pay back QR63,319 he took from the company as a loan to buy a car and furniture. He refused to return the car.
The accused denied the charges saying that he used to submit a monthly list of expenses and transactions which were approved by the chief accountant.
The company demanded that the accused pay an additional QR90,000 as compensation for the damages.
However, the court ruled that the company could file a civil case for this purpose after referring the matter to an auditor.
Explaining the conviction, the court said that it was satisfied with the documentary evidence presented against the Iranian.
In addition to the 10-year imprisonment, the court ordered the accused to return the QR138,073 to the company. He was also fined the same amount and declared ineligible for holding any position in a public firm in the future.