MCI, a Cheque without Balance Reveals a Concealment Case in Housewares & Furniture Establishment in Al-Jowf

27 Mar 2016
Magical Talismans, Documents for Illegal Remittances Detected
As part of MCI campaigns to prosecute the violators of Anti-Commercial Concealment Law, the Ministry detected a commercial concealment case in an Establishment for housewares and furniture in Dawmat Al Jandal province, Al-Jowf Region. As an Arab expat submitted a claim for issuing a cheque without balance against the said Est. to the Settlement Office of Commercial Paper Disputes. This led to the suspicion of a commercial concealment case. Then necessary investigation had been carried out by MCI teams to prove such a case. 

MCI inspectors monitored documents and physical evidences, proving that two Asian expats were running the establishment, aided by a citizen through enabling them to work by using his name and his Commercial Registration against a monthly lump sum. The case was referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution to complete the procedures, and then to be referred to the Bureau of Grievances to issue the final judgment.

According to preliminary investigations, it turned out that the two expats were running the Furniture Establishment, valued at more than three million Riyals. Upon inspecting the site, a number of documents and official papers were detected, proving illegal foreign remittance by the two expats. Moreover, magic talismans were detected as well with the said expats, and they were referred to the Commission of Promoting Virtue & Prevention of Vice, as per the virtue of jurisdiction.

The details go back when an Arab expat submitted a claim to the Settlement Office of Commercial Paper Disputes in Al Jowf, requesting the said office to consider and take action against a cheque without balance issued by the said Est. Therefore, the control judicial officers suspected a commercial concealment case, so they raided the site and found out that the two Asian expats were running the said establishment, without any supervision or follow-up by the citizen, despite the fact that it was registered under his own name.

This comes at a time when MCI has been implementing inspection campaigns to combat the commercial concealment in various regions of the Kingdom, where the Ministry had detected a number of violations, related to Anti-Commercial Concealment Law. Necessary measures had been taken, which might reach up to two years' imprisonment and a fine of SR one million for each violator, also deporting the non-Saudis from the Kingdom, as well as the closure and liquidation of the commercial activity, beside writing off the CR, and the prohibition of practicing the same business for a period of five years, also carrying out defamation against the violators periodically in the local newspapers at their own expense.

MCI would like all those concerned to cooperate and report about any case of commercial concealment, if the evidence is available, through the toll free number 1900, or through the application of a Commercial Notification, where the Ministry is granting a financial reward for the informant, which may reach up to 30% of the value of the sentenced fines after collection.

Last Modified 26 Dec 2018