Royal Caribbean Cruises was reportedly tricked out of more than $600,000 by a former employee who handled the purchase of fuel for the company.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida said on Saturday that a federal court in Miami had indicted charges on Jamil Murni, 60, with nine counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.
Murni was a former commodities manager at the Miami-based cruise giant and was responsible for negotiating fuel prices and deliveries.
However, from late 2003 to late 2006, Murni defrauded Royal Caribbean by registering a fictitious bank account in the name of “Sea Fuels Trading” with the Florida Department of State’s Division of Corporations.
Murni then applied to have Sea Fuels Trading become a fuel provider for Royal Caribbean, but concealed his ownership of the fake account.
Once Royal Caribbean approved Sea Fuels Trading as a fuel vendor, Murni purchased cheap fuel and overcharged the cruise company and pocketed the excess money which is believed to be more than $600,000.
Murni will appear in federal court in Texas before facing charges in Miami.
Royal Caribbean, which is the world’s second largest cruise operator, said it discovered the alleged fraud itself."Our internal processes and procedures brought this to our attention," a company spokeswoman said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L