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Man dupes businessman of Dh642,000 after promising 'help' at Dubai courts

Marie Nammour /Dubai
mary@khaleejtimes.com Filed on August 9, 2020 | Last updated on August 9, 2020 at 04.22 pm
Man, dupes, businessman, Dh642,000, promising help, Dubai courts

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The 50-year-old Arab, who has an Asian accomplice (a fugitive), reportedly pretended that he had close relatives in the Dubai Police and solid contacts in banks.

A retiree allegedly duped a businessman of more than Dh642,000 after falsely claiming that he could help him settle financial cases at the Dubai Courts.

The 50-year-old Arab national, who has an Asian accomplice (a fugitive), reportedly pretended that he had close relatives in the Dubai Police and solid contacts in banks, the Dubai Court of First Instance heard.

To sustain the false claims, the duo showed the businessman and his nephew "receipts of fine payments related to financial cases and settled at courts". The case, which was reported at Al Rafaa police station, dated back to January 2018.

The businessman's nephew, a 49-year-old Asian sales manager, said he had met the two defendants outside Al Barsha police station on January 16, 2018. "I was with my uncle who had then pending cases with some banks. The first accused claimed he could help us as he had contacts. For that help, the two defendants asked for Dh100,000, which my uncle paid them in cash."

The accused then called the complainant and his uncle the next day and asked them to go to the Bur Dubai police station. "They claimed that there is some Dh48,000 that we have to pay. My uncle gave them the amount, thinking it was a fine in one of his cases. I was shown a payment receipt which they said was issued by Dubai Courts."

On February 18, 2018, the complainant said he received a call from the runaway defendant who asked for more money, pretending they were fines his uncle owed.

"He told me to go to the Dubai Courts to pay those fines. When I went there, I was asked to pay Dh169,500."

The duo kept asking and receiving money from the complainant as his uncle went to jail following a verdict in the financial cases. The defendants allegedly defrauded them of amounts totalling Dh642,740.

The forged receipts used by the accused were seized and used as evidence by the public prosecution. The retiree has been detained while the second defendant is believed to be in the UAE.

The trial has been adjourned to September 6.

mary@khaleejtimes.com 

 

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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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