52,828 financial crimes in courts over seven months
Saudi Arabia’s courts registered 52,828 cases involving various forms of financial crimes over the past seven months, according to sources in the judiciary quoted by local media.
The Eastern Province’s courts had the most cases of dishonesty, illegal transfers of money, embezzlement from non-government agencies, and the sale of liquor. Makkah had the most cases of forgery, cheating, fraud, drug crimes, banditry and stealing.
Al-Jouf and the Eastern Province both recorded five lawsuits involving the illegal transfer of money, while Jazan had the most money laundering cases. Courts in the Eastern Province heard 188 cases involving dishonesty during the seven-month period, followed by Riyadh with 112 cases, Makkah with 103, Asir with 78, and Madinah with 43.
The Eastern Province had 80 cases of embezzlement from non-government agencies, followed by Riyadh with 25, Makkah with 19, Hail with 12 and the Northern Border Province with 11.
Makkah topped the list with 141 cases of cheating and fraud, followed by the Eastern Province with 94, Riyadh with 65, Asir with 36 and Jouf with 31.
Makkah had three forgery cases, Hail two, and one case each in Jazan, Madinah, Qasim and Baha.
Makkah had 9,480 cases involving drugs, Riyadh with 5,228, the Eastern Province with 4,789, Jazan with 4,110 and Asir with 3,933.