Bogus consultant’s jail term increased to one year

A conman, who defrauded an elderly man by claiming to him that he was a legal consultant, has had his 3-month jail term increased to one year by the Court of Appeal.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:18 PM

The Palestinian defendant, 38, was convicted of fraud and forgery charges by the Court of First Instance for swindling the 65-year-old Egyptian of Dh25,000 after fooling him into believing that he was a legal consultant and could help securing a pardon issued, through the Ruler’s Court, for his two sons who were in prison on drug charges.

The appellate court also ordered an extra month of jail for the defendant for using fake business cards and falsely claiming to be working for a legal consultancy office even after he was sacked for holding fake degrees.

The court upheld a deportation order against the accused.

According to prosecution records, the defendant forged several documents including cancellation of an arrest warrant, cancellation for a prison sentence and deportation order, and a release order, to prove his authenticity to the elderly man. The defendant managed to defraud the complainant of Dh25,000 which was to be followed by some more payments but shortly, the complainant found out that he was being conned.

The elderly man lodged a complaint against the defendant after the latter did not return his calls.

The verdict can be appealed within 30 days at the Court of Cassation.

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