UAE's Mohre refers 17 Tas-heel fraud suspects to Public Prosecution

Labour ministry says suspects were referred on charges of fraud and violations related to work permits

A Tas-heel centre run by Mohre [representational].
A Tas-heel centre run by Mohre [representational].

Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre), the UAE’s top labour authority, has referred 17 suspects of various nationalities on charges of fraud and violations of its Tas-heel electronic system, adding that the accused for which it filed reports had “violated current laws and regulations, and paid less than the due fees on the work permits of other persons”.

Tas-heel service centres represent a partnership between the UAE Government and the private sector, providing Mohre services according to approved guidelines. 

The centres operate under the management and supervision of Mohre, according to the ministry's website. 

According to UAE state news agency, Wam, assistant undersecretary for support services affairs at Mohre, Mohammed Saqr Al Nuaimi, said the internal control system was capable of detecting violations and identifying persons directly involved.

He explained: “Eight of the suspects included in the reports work for several companies whose employees can complete their self-processing transactions, as allowed by the ministry.

“At the request of their companies, they were granted access to the ministry’s electronic system to complete their transactions.”

Al Nuaimi added that seven individuals working in other establishments with access to the e-system had committed fraud by applying for work permits at lower fees than due for those permits.

"The system revealed that two suspects applied for 15 work entry permits in the names of other people, after completing the required procedures accompanied by documents that relate to the concerned citizens and bearing false signatures and photocopies of their passports," he reportedly added.

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