Police Recover Dh2 Million, Nab 16 over Money Multiplying Racket Filed on May 20, 2009

SHARJAH - Dubai Police on Monday recovered Dh2 million of the Dh2.6 million allegedly stolen by a Tunisian from his company for getting it “multiplied” to $150 million as promised by an African.

The police arrested 16 men for alleged involvement in the racket, including the Tunisian and the African.

The African allegedly received the money promising to multiply it through witchcraft.

The Tunisian filed a police complaint, claiming that an African man sprayed some liquid in his eyes as he left a bank branch in Al Baraha after withdrawing Dh2.6 million and snatched the money from him.

Colonel Ibrahim Khalil, Head of Research and Criminal Investigation at Dubai Police, told Khaleej Times that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers investigating the incident found that the Tunisian and his Algerian colleague had, in fact, given the money tothe African.

The police managed to arrest the African who confessed to the crime and also informed the police about others who had received the amount and hidden it.

The CID sleuths recovered Dh2 million and are trying to recover the remaining amount.

Colonel Khalil said the Tunisian told interrogators that he had been in the country for six months.

He and his Algerian friend used to trade in cosmetic products for women. They met the African who called himself a “doctor”.

The African convinced them to steal money, promising them that he could multiply the amount to $150 million using witchcraft.

He showed them a briefcase filled with black paper pieces which, he claimed, could be converted into US dollar notes using a liquid.

Afkar Abdullah

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