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DUBAI – A 53-year-old French manager of a chocolate factory in Dubai has landed in court for allegedly asking bribes from suppliers in exchange for business.
The French man allegedly asked suppliers in Lebanon and China to pay him bribes worth $145,000 (Dh532,875) between 2015 and 2019.
The case was exposed after an Indian accounts manager at the factory found out that the French manager sold old shelves at the factory and kept the money.
Upon further investigation, he also found out that the manager sold old machinery and boxes without remitting the proceeds worth Dh93,000.
An internal audit was launched, which revealed “other irregularities by the defendant, including seeking bribes from suppliers.”
A police case was filed against the French manager, who admitted to police that the money he received were commissions and gifts from suppliers.
He also claimed that he handed over the old machinery to Dubai Municipality to be destroyed.
The trial continues and the hearing resumes on July 11. ICA/Expat Media
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