Auto firm PRO jailed for collecting bribes

He is accused of abusing his post to gain unlawful access to the RTA's electronic database and delete details pertaining to the cars and related details from the banks.

By Marie Nammour/senior Reporter

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Published: Fri 17 Oct 2014, 12:03 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 8:50 PM

A government relations officer of an automobile company has been sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay a Dh216,500 fine on the charge of accepting Dh3,500 in bribe each for a total of 19 cars in return for issuing forged title documents in which bank loan details were intentionally omitted.

The 30-year-old Emirati, identified as M.A, has also been ordered by the Court of First Instance to repay Dh66,500 to his former workplace.

He is accused of abusing his post to gain unlawful access to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) electronic database and delete details pertaining to the cars, subject of the case, and related details from the banks that were financing the purchase of the cars.

The incident was reported to Al Muraqqabat police in April last year. According to prosecution records, M.A. allegedly then got printed copies of the forged title deeds of the cars, falsely claimed to have been issued by the RTA, and which had no mention of the banks. M.A. was found guilty of charges of collecting bribes, forgery and use of forged documents.

The accomplice, who allegedly offered a bribe worth Dh3,500 for every car of a total of 19 cars, is a 22-year-old Egyptian runaway identified as M.M. He has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a Dh150,000 fine. He is accused of offering the bribes to M.A. to falsify details pertaining to the cars and then issue ownership documents in which the banks and mortgage details were intentionally deleted. M.M. later managed to dispose of the cars by using the forged documents.

He is accused of offering a bribe to an officer charged with a public service, criminal complicity in forgery and use of forged documents. M.M. is also accused of forging documents, together with an unknown accomplice, which he falsely claimed were issued by banks stating that the mortgage loans on some of the cars, subject of the case, were cleared.

He then used the forged documents by submitting them to M.A. in order to delete the details related to banks in the ownership documents.

M.M. was also ordered to be deported after serving his prison time. Another employee at the same company as M.A., identified as M.J., was charged with helping and abetting M.A and M.M. in the bribery and forgery crimes. M.J., a 25-year-old sales manager, holder of a Comoros Islands passport, has been sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay a Dh150,000 fine.

He is believed to have arranged for the deal between M.M. and M.A. to delete the details of the mortgage and issue forged title documents on papers falsely claimed to have been issued by the RTA and which were free of any mentioning of the banks.

M.J. will be deported after serving his jail term. The verdict may be appealed within 15 days.

mary@khaleejtimes.com



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