Crime and Courts

Dubai man takes Dh30 bribe, issues fake car certificate

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on July 23, 2017 | Last updated on July 23, 2017 at 06.39 pm
Dubai man takes Dh30 bribe, issues fake car certificate

Accomplice helps owner sell car for Dh31,500.

A Filipino car technician allegedly solicited and accepted Dh30 as a bribe from a man to issue him a certificate that his friend's vehicle passed the technical test and was well maintained. The car owner managed consequently to sell his car for Dh31,500 using the fake certificate.

According to public prosecution records, the 56-year-old technician abused his post and collected Dh30 and then issued the forged document that falsely stated that the vehicle passed the test.

He has been charged with bribery and forgery.

The other man, a Pakistani, working as a computer programmer, 36, has been charged with offering a bribe to the technician and aiding and abetting in the forgery and fraud crimes. Prosecution records show he managed to help the owner of the car sell it to a woman for Dh31,500, thanks to the fake certificate he had got from the technician.

The car owner, a Pakistani who is on the run, is being charged in absentia with fraud and criminal complicity in the forgery.

The incident dates back to August 30, last year.

An Emirati legal researcher with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority said they received a complaint from a woman. "She said she had bought a car in August, last year, from the runaway accused. She had already set a condition to him that she would not take the car unless she had the certificate proving it was in good condition.

She discovered she had been duped after she drove the car and found it had many defects and then it broke down on the road.

"When she took the car to a vehicle inspection centre she found it had many technical problems and there was no way it could have passed that test.

Besides, there was a record for the car showing it had failed technical tests five times for the same reasons.

She had the car tested again and the result was negative," the researcher said.

The complainant, a 27-year-old Sri Lankan, said she was looking to buy a car when she met the runaway accused through one of her acquaintances.

"I was with my mother and my friend when we met him on September 3, last year, near a shopping centre in Sharjah. He was driving a car and told me it was a good bargain. He did not let me drive it enough or for a long distance but only said it had been technically inspected on August 30 and that there was no need to worry."

She added that she could negotiate with the accused who eventually settled for Dh31,500 as a price for the car.

Shortly later, as she was driving towards Naif, Dubai, the car broke down and started to release smoke from the front. She contacted the same man who pretended he was surprised.

"He insisted the car was perfect and it was me who caused the problem."

The following day, when she took the car by the road recovery service to the inspection centre, she discovered the car was not as good as that accused claimed to her.


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, Lebanese community-related affairs and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, Marie worked as an in-house reporter, covering international affairs for the LBCI and the LBC Sat (Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International), a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for Sagesse, a renowned law college in the heart of the Lebanese capital. Marie speaks fluently Arabic, French, English and Spanish. She is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and of the French literature.

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