Dubai Court Hears Case of Alleged Forgers

DUBAI — A group allegedly faked credit cards to buy over Dh1 million of jewellery, the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance heard.

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Amira Agarib

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Published: Wed 12 Aug 2009, 11:48 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:21 AM

The four — three men, aged 32, 35, 37, and one woman, 22, all from Turkey — appeared before the court on Tuesday, accused of forgery and theft. The woman pleaded guilty but the three men pleaded not guilty.

The gang members have also allegedly forged the stamps of the Dubai International Airport and five Turkish passports by replacing their photographs. The gang members also forged an American Express credit card .

On February 5, 2009 the Muraqqabat Police station received a report from an Arab financial controller of a foreign bank, who said he had received a phone call from a jewellery shop in the Port Saeed area.

The caller told him that a woman had bought jewellery worth about Dh250,000 from a jewellery store at the Mall of the Emirates using a credit card. But when the bank asked the shop to send a copy of the woman’s ID, it turned out that the original owner of the credit card was an American. The fake credit card was used to buy items worth more than Dh650,000 from other shops in Deira and Bur Dubai.

Police also found that the same woman had used other credit cards from the same bank. A team from the Criminal Investigation Department visited the shops and found the woman, who presented a Turkish passport, accompanied by a man.

Police arrested the woman on February 4 at a Bur Dubai mall where she had used a platinum credit card on her last shopping spree. She showed the card to the police and said that her friend gave it to her. When her purse was searched, five more fake credit cards were found along with two Turkish passports carrying her picture.

During police interrogation, she allegedly confessed that she had used the fake cards to buy from various shops. Police seized the jewellery, watches and expensive clothes that she had purchased. On February 9, police arrested the three men in a nightclub. The men had allegedly collaborated with the woman to buy expensive goods, but she always signed the bills.

Police also found memory cards, electronics, laptops, mobile phones, perfumes, cameras, equipment used to clone credit cards, 146 blank cards ready to be counterfeited, and three forged stamps of the Dubai International Airport

The Dubai Court postponed the hearing to August 25. amira@khaleejtimes.ae



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