A DELOITTE STUDENT fabricated a letter in an attempt to persuade his employer to allow him to retake his accountancy exams, an ICAEW tribunal has found.
Having twice failed an ICAEW exam, and set to have his contract with Deloitte terminated, Nahied Kabir produced a doctor's letter to support his case for a third attempt. This was accepted, and Kabir passed.
However, he then failed a further three exams, producing a letter regarding his mother's health in mitigation. However, this second letter was nearly identical to the first, though he claimed that her condition was similar to his. Deloitte terminated his employment.
Kabir told the tribunal that Deloitte had lacked understanding about his mother's condition and failed to give him sufficient support.
With Kabir admitting the creation of the false document, the tribunal fined him £1,000 and declared him unfit to be an ICAEW member.
It said his dishonesty was of "the most severe kind".
"The tribunal was unimpressed by the defendant attempting in his communication with the institute dated 4 August 2011 to criticise his employer and imply that somehow they were to blame for his actions," the tribunal stated. "The tribunal was also unimpressed by the defendant's use of his mother's ill health as the reason to obtain advantage for himself."
I believe he was unfairly treated and the firm was supposed to investgate his issue further before firing him.,
Posted by: honest, 04 Sep 2012 | 15:03
I can only assume that the poster of the earlier comment "honest" may be the aforementioned Mr Kabir. Deloitte have shown consideration in allowing him to resit but his arrogance in trying the same ruse a second time is breathtaking. Gross misconduct leads to immediate dismissal and well deserved in this case.
Posted by: incredulous, 05 Sep 2012 | 19:40
If we take the article at face value and assume that ICAEW did perform a thorough investigation, then the punishment is justified. Good riddance. This is exactly the type of individual that would be tempted to cover up a financial fraud in the future!
Posted by: Steven, 06 Sep 2012 | 13:53
His actions weren't theft - they were actions of obvious desperation. They're not appropriate actions - but I have sympathy for him on a personal level. Top 5 firms are exceptionally hard on their students - but their rules are quite clear from the outset. Whilst comment 1 as to honesty seems inappropriate to the circumstances, comment 2 is hard-nosed by someone who has obviously very luckily never faced such desperation in their lives.
I don't think Mr Kabir should have not been expelled - but I also wish him luck in whatever path he now chooses and that he learns from his mistakes.
Posted by: Frustrated, 07 Sep 2012 | 09:29
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