Ahmed Alamol-Hoda, Friday Prayer Leader and Khamenei’s representative in Razavi Khorasan Province, preposterously claimed, "Mal-veiling is worse than embezzlement."
He downplayed the extensive damages caused by enormous amounts of wealth embezzled by various government and regime officials and their affiliates and subsequent destitution of the general public. Alamol-Hoda restricted the damages to the criminals themselves and explained, "When a man embezzles people's wealth, or says something unlawful, or looks lustfully at someone, he commits a sin but the damage is restricted to himself. Whereas mal-veiling is a sin that turns people into tools for the Satan and mislead others."
(The state-run Khabar Online website, April 9, 2016)