Ex-Polytechnic chief is jailed




FORMER Bahrain Polytechnic chief executive John Scott was sentenced to five years in jail yesterday for embezzlement.

However, the 69-year-old from New Zealand was not in the High Criminal Court to hear the verdict and is believed to be abroad.

Judges found him guilty of using polytechnic bank cards to pay for his personal expenses during his tenure from 2008 to 2011.

The violation was uncovered by the Financial Audit Bureau, which formed a committee to monitor his spending based on an order from Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi.

An auditing expert was also appointed by the Public Prosecution to review the accounts.

Prosecutors said he spent BD4,365 of the polytechnic’s money on alcohol and food and withdrew another BD400 in cash for himself.

He was also accused of spending BD7,772 on plane tickets for himself and his wife, while he also owes the university BD130 that he stole after refunding a plane ticket. shahlaa@gdn.com.bh

Source: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=385496

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