10 years jail, KD6m fine for Egyptian expat in funds scam

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KUWAIT CITY, April 1: In the case of embezzlement of the overseas medical treatment fund, the Court of Appeals sentenced the first accused – a fugitive Egyptian expatriate who was the director of a travel office – to ten-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of KD six million. It sentenced the second accused – a Kuwaiti official of the Ministry of Health – to seven years imprisonment. He is currently imprisoned pending the case. The court also fined him KD 300,000 for profiting from facilitating the embezzlement.

The Public Prosecution investigated the embezzlement case involving KD 15 million from funds designated for overseas medical treatment. One suspect, an Egyptian expatriate currently residing outside the country, and another, a citizen who has been apprehended, were implicated in the crime. The Ministry of Health, through its representatives who participated in the Public Prosecution’s investigations, affirmed that the Egyptian suspect who works as the director of a travel office created fake invoices related to treating citizens overseas and booking hotels for them, by exploiting the absence of a health office in a European country, and was able to embezzle more than KD 15 million.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud
Al-Seyassah/Arab Times Staff

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