Accountant defrauding the company

Reference: Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Question No.6423, Page 250, Volume 12

Question: I work for a private company in Saudi Arabia, and whilst at work I noticed the company accountant misappropriating company property by selling goods without issuing a receipt for the sale of these goods; so what am I required to do? Should I warn him and advise him to stop doing this, or should I just inform the owner of the company? Please advise me.

Response: That which I am of the opinion is that you should [indirectly] inform the owner of the company without mentioning your name to him. If, however, the company owner is trustworthy, then go directly to him and tell him [everything, and that] you do not want the company accountant to know you informed on him. It is my fear that if you were to advise the accountant and he refuses to accept the advice and continues to defraud the company, you will then be compelled to inform the owner of the company – and the accountant will then accuse you of informing on him – and may plot and plan in revenge against you.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.