Crime and Courts

4 expats try to dupe Dubai cops of Dh800,000 by selling fake dollars

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on October 1, 2020
uae, expats, crime, fraud, dollars

(Reuters file)

They have been charged with possession of fake currency for circulation and attempted fraud.

Four expats have stood trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance after they tried to dupe police officers of Dh800,000.

Dubai public prosecution records show that the case dates back to July 8 and it was registered at Bur Dubai police station. The four men, including three Cameroonians and a Pakistani, aged between 24 and 44, claimed to the police officers that they possessed a large amount of dollars which they wanted to sell for a rate lower than the market one in exchange for Dh800,000. 

They have been charged with possession of fake currency for circulation and attempted fraud.
All of them are in detention.

A police corporal said that about two weeks before the incident was reported, one of the defendants met with an (undercover) police informant in Dubai and asked him to look for someone to buy a large amount of fake dollars without telling the latter (the buyer) that the bank notes are counterfeit. 

"After being shown some fake bills, the informant agreed and then alerted us to their plan. To catch the suspects red-handed, a lieutenant went with the informant to meet them and buy the bank notes in the local currency."

The defendants, who arrived in one car, were apprehended by the police outside a hotel in the Business Bay area when they tried to exchange the counterfeit money for Dh800,000. A briefcase containing the fake money was seized from them.

"When I asked one of the accused what he was doing there, he said he was trying to swindle a police officer by selling him fake dollars," the corporal said during the public prosecution investigation.

According to a forensics report, the bills seized from the defendants are fake. 

The court will hear the case again on October 15.


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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