Six men, including a Bahraini, are on trial at the High Criminal Court for allegedly embezzling thousands of dinars from the Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry and other parties.

A 44-year-old Jordanian man is accused of falsifying information online on government platforms and using e-keys to pay the money he owed.

He was accused of embezzling BD11,800 from the ministry by falsifying information and receipts in addition to making thousands of dinars in imaginary payments to other government authorities and companies.

His co-defendants – a Syrian man, aged 46, an Egyptian man, 41, a Pakistani man, 26, a Sudanese man, 28, and a Bahraini man, 48 – are accused of aiding and abetting the crime.

They all denied the charges and the case was adjourned until January 10 for review and to provide lawyers with case files while keeping the defendants in custody.

“I received the case from the Information and eGovernment Authority regarding fraudulent transactions done through the CrediMax online platform and conducted an investigation,” said a 32-year-old Bahraini officer at the Anti-Corruption and Economic and Electronic Security General Directorate.

“I found that the transactions were done through a shadow credit card that belonged to a US-based bank.

“These fraudulent transactions were conducted to the Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry, the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA), Zain, STC and the National Bureau of Revenue (NBR).

“Upon contacting these bodies it was determined that only the ministry was impacted as it has lost BD11,800 through these manipulated online transactions.”

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