Four stand trial in fitness certificate forgery racket

DUBAI — Two Indian and two Pakistani men stood trial in the Court of First Instance on Monday in connection with a racket at the Muhaisnah visa medical fitness testing centre in which applicants with communicable diseases were issued fitness certificates after a clinic worker replaced their blood samples with those of healthy applicants.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Tue 26 Jul 2011, 11:31 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:02 AM

In the particular case that came up in the court on Monday, the main defendant is a 45-year-old Pakistani driver, diagnosed with Hepatitis B. According to the prosecution, he offered Dh1,000 in bribe to a sample collector at Muhaisnah medical fitness testing centre and managed to get a fitness certificate. He used the forged certificate by submitting it to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs to renew his residence visa.

The sample collector, who is described as a public employee in the Public Prosecution arraignment sheet, is accused of soliciting and collecting Dh1,000 in bribe to issue the falsified certificate. He is also charged with committing forgery by putting the blood sample of a healthy patient in the collection tube and claiming that the sample belonged to the main defendant. A health fitness certificate was consequently issued showing that the main defendant was free of any communicable disease.

Two other defendants, including a carpenter and a waiter, were charged with criminal complicity by brokering the bribery and collecting for it Dh, ,2000 and Dh 500, respectively. Thanks to their assistance, a forged certificate was issued in the name of the main defendant.

An Emirati lieutenant in the Criminal Investigation Department told the investigating prosecutor that they were informed about the Pakistani driver who managed to get a fitness certificate issued for him despite having Hepatitis B. They summoned him to the police department in January and enquired about the forged health fitness certificate he had got.

He admitted to his connections with the two accomplices who played brokers between him and the sample collector at Al Muhaisnah health centre.

The police coordinated with him and handed him Dh3,500 to lure the other accomplices and trap them. Again, a health fitness certificate was issued for one of the decoy applicant.

The police arrested the carpenter on the same day outside the visa medical fitness centre after collecting the money from the driver and handing over the fitness certificate to the latter. He confessed that he could get certificates for applicants without undergoing any test.

He told them about the waiter. The police arrested the latter in the same way through a trap.

A sum of money, belonging to the Dubai Police, and six fitness forms were found with him. He admitted that he could get fitness certificates for applicants without the necessity of them undergoing any medical tests as he knew the accused clinic worker.

In the morning of February 1, the police trapped the clinic worker. He was arrested after collecting Dh1,000 from the waiter, which belonged to the police.

He admitted that he was issuing fitness certificates to people with communicable diseases by tampering with the blood samples. He would send a sick applicant’s documents along with the blood sample of a healthy patient to the laboratory. He abused his access to blood samples to help sick applicants avail of such certificates without them visiting the clinic and undergoing any blood test.

mary@khaleejtimes.com



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