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Court sentences Kuwaiti and an expat to 10 years jail in public funds fraud

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 29: The Criminal Court sentenced a supervisor from the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, a Kuwaiti citizen and an expatriate to ten-year imprisonment with hard labor, and obligated them to return KD 207,000 and imposed a fine of twice the amount as well as dismissed the supervisor from work.

They are accused of embezzlement of public funds, reports Al- Anba daily. The Public Prosecution accused the supervisor, in his capacity as a public employee, of seizing approximately KD 207,000 through tenders for a company by approving payment invoices for the value of work assigned to the company represented by the citizen despite their knowledge that the work was not fully carried out.

This rendered the Financial Affairs Department to pay the aforementioned amount to the citizen, who issued a cheque to the expat and handed some of it in cash to the supervisor in a bid to embezzle the amount. This crime was linked to another felony with an indivisible connection, as at the time and place, the citizen committed falsification of official documents, which are invoices and documents for the payment of the value of the tender as indicated in the investigations.

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