Dubai airport clerk stole Dh70,000 in VAT refunds

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 A tax refund company employee went on trial accused of stealing Dh70,000 this week.

The 34-year-old Filipino forged 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.

The accused’s duty was to receive travellers refund documents and use the username and password in the company system to refund money to travellers.

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

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