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Dubai expat forges e-receipts to get visa stamped

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on August 19, 2020 | Last updated on August 19, 2020 at 04.54 pm


He wanted his transaction to be processed as "urgent".

An expat has been charged with forgery at the Dubai Court of First Instance after he forged e-payment receipts of visa fees.

The court heard how the 27-year-old expat, an Asian clerk, tried to use the forged receipts when he went to a General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners' Affairs branch to have his residence visa stamped. He wanted his transaction to be processed as "urgent", claiming he had paid the due fees.

A corporal at the branch said the defendant had a residence visa application. "I was on duty on July 14. The defendant approached me with an application to stamp his residence visa. It was marked as urgent. However, there was no reference to that application in the e-system."

When she confronted the defendant about it, he became tense, the corporal told the investigator.

The corporal referred the accused to a senior officer for necessary legal action after she double-checked the authenticity of his receipts.

During the public prosecution investigation, the defendant admitted the forgery charge claiming he was in desperate need of money.

He will be sentenced on August 30.


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit university of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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