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Electricity Co. employee referred to Criminal Court for LE 19M embezzlement

Sat, Feb. 9, 2019
CAIRO – 9 February 2019: Egyptian general prosecutor, Nabil Sadek, has transferred two employees to the Cairo Criminal Court after being charged with the embezzlement of LE 19 million.

The first defendant, a public employee and the one in charge of collecting bills of major clients at the South Cairo Electricity Distribution Co., was arrested for the misappropriation of LE 19,114,488 that he was supposed to hand to the company’s treasury.

He was also charged of fraud as he falsified bills that included higher consumption rates than the actual consumption of major clients.

The second defendant, an administrative officer at the Modern Academy for Computer Science and Management Technology, was arrested for involvement at the crime as he helped the first defendant by providing him with the necessary details and falsified bills.

Earlier this month, Egypt’s top prosecution referred a former Chairman of the General Authority for Projects for Reconstruction and Development of Agriculture to the Criminal Court over charges of facilitating the embezzlement of LE 67 million of public funds.

Egypt has referred several officials, including governors and public employees to prosecution over corruption-related charges, as part of the government’s efforts to harshly punish officials misusing their positions.

In November 2018, a judicial court in Giza sentenced former Monufia Governor Hesham Abdel Baset to 10 years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of LE 15 million over charges of bribery.

The Administrative Control Authority (ACA) – the regulatory body responsible for enforcing laws and regulations within state bodies – has ordered the arrest of numerous officials over the last two years, within the framework of the leadership’s fight against corruption.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has always stressed on applying strict measures within the government institutions to crack down any violation. He hailed the role played by the ACA in different occasions.
 
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