Man fakes identity to take friend's Dubai driving test for Dh1,000

Man fakes identity to take friends Dubai driving test for Dh1,000

Dubai - "When we asked him about the reasons behind his behaviour, he kept silent and cried."


Marie Nammour

Published: Tue 11 Dec 2018, 3:46 PM

A 23-year-old man, who tried to take a driving test on behalf of his friend, 22, stood trial on Monday at the Dubai Court of First Instance on a charge of using documents in other's name.
Prosecutors accused the Pakistani man of using a Roads and Transport Authority's driving lesson form issued to his countryman and the latter's Emirates ID when he tried to take a driving test in his place.
He allegedly collected Dh1,000 for his help.
The original holder of documents has been accused of aiding and abetting by giving his papers to the other man.
The case dates back to December 27, 2017, and was registered at Bur Dubai police station.
A Sudanese supervisor at a driving institute had to inform his superior when the first defendant approached him with documents bearing photos that were not his own.
"I was on the job when he came to take the theoretical driving test but he looked different from the photos on the documents he presented. He was then taken to the manager's office and his friend was also sent after. We found out later that he impersonated his friend and tried to take the test in his place," the supervisor told the prosecutor.
A police sergeant said both accused were apprehended when the complaint was received. "They were accused of attempted fraud. The first defendant's attempt - to take the test - was foiled after he was exposed by a staff member."
An Emirati manager at the institute said: "When we asked him about the reasons behind his behaviour, he kept silent and cried."
When interrogated by the police and during public prosecution investigation, the first accused admitted he tried to take the test, impersonating his friend and using his documents for Dh1,000, upon the latter's request.
A ruling will be issued on December 24.

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