KUWAIT CITY, Sept 13: Officers from the Financial Crime Unit at the General Investigations Department have confirmed a theft report filed at the Sentences Enforcement Department as published by Al-Rai daily on May 3. According to the report, an employee was accused of embezzling KD 470,000 with two Kuwaitis as accomplices. The story on the theft cases at Hawalli and Capital branches of the department became a serious issue among senior officials who felt there was a security lapse. Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Security Major General Abdul-Hamid Al-Awadhi has instructed Director of Financial Crime Unit Major General Farraj Al-Za’abi to handle the case.
The employee previously claimed to have mistakenly registered KD 470,000 in favor of a Kuwaiti man as creditor, but the officers discovered that the Kuwaiti man was a familiar face involved in a series of cases and this made them doubt the employee. When the officers intensified the investigation, the Kuwaiti man confessed to have collected the cheque and cashed it in a bank.
The CCTV of the bank where the man collected the cash showed the Kuwaiti man, along with the accused, entering and exiting the bank together. The officers also monitored their telephone conversations which proved the act was well-planned and executed to embezzle funds. This has prompted the employee to confess that he planned the act with two Kuwaitis, such that one stood as a creditor while the other acted like a debtor. He was supposed to issue a KD 20 cheque but he used his experience to inflate the amount to KD 470,000 by manipulating the record and account of the ministry. The trio later went to the bank where they cashed the money and divided it.