3 accused of spending Dh4.7m with forged credit cards

DUBAI - Three visitors were on trial for allegedly making purchases worth about Dh4.7 million by using forged credit cards.

By Mary Nammour

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Published: Sat 23 Oct 2010, 12:10 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:32 PM

The case of the visitors, all Nigerians (aged 28, 34 and 31), was heard by the Court of First Instance on Thursday as they face charges of fraud and forgery.

One of them, in addition to being accused of possession of nine fake $100 bills, is also charged with assaulting a police officer.

The defendants were set up and arrested on February 2, in Meydan Bani Yas in Naif.

“We knew that they were visiting shops and trying to make purchases with forged credit cards,” an Emirati policeman told prosecutors.

Two forged credit cards were seized from them.

Another Emirati police officer, aged 28, said in the investigation that one of the defendants, who allegedly gave the others the credit cards, assaulted and resisted him when he tried to arrest him.

“We knew that the suspect was staying at a hotel. While we were waiting for him at the hotel lobby, an African national attacked me. That man turned out to be our suspect,” the police officer said.

The man, intentionally fell on the police officer, grabbed him and then pushed him away.

The police officer who sustained a serious injury in his right leg had to undergo surgery and put metal plates in his leg.

A receptionist at the hotel said in the investigation that he saw that defendant pushing the cop and both fell from the sixth stair step. Then he saw the accused kicking the cop on his leg before running away. He was, however, arrested shortly after while the cop was rushed to hospital.


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