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Hamza M Sengendo, Staff Reporter
Three taxi drivers teamed up to pose as engineers from a transport authority and swindle Dhs495,750 from a bank, a jury heard on Tuesday.
The Asian defendant, 37, with the help of a fugitive colleague and countryman forged for themselves salary certificates, salary transfer letters and employment cards attributed to the authority in August 2018.
They also counterfeited copies of their visas and forged bank statements. They bilked a Dubai-based bank. In court, the defendant said, “I was broke and wanted a loan. A man told me he was working with the bank.
“He said he would process the transaction. In the course of events he sent me to collect the loan from the bank. I was not aware he counterfeited my documents.” The Dubai Criminal Court set June 25 for the verdict.
The authority’s Sudanese official said the trio were on probation. They disappeared in September 2018 before completing training. Meanwhile, the bank contacted to confirm the authenticity of their salary certificates.
“The bank provided us with copies of the certificates along with other documents the trio used to obtain loans. We discovered the employee numbers they used belonged to other employees and the stamps were fake.”
The bank’s Indian official said that between Aug.2 and Aug.29 the trio applied for personal loans and credit cards.
They submitted documents including their passport copies and bank statements attributed to a global bank.
Each one of the defendants and the countryman applied for a Dhs150,000 loan and a Dhs17,000 limit credit card. The colleague applied for a Dhs147,000 loan and a Dhs14,650 limit credit card. They withdrew the sums.
A fourth man who is at large also presented salary certificates to the bank to obtain the same. The management suspected them and contacted the authority about them and others presented by the trio. All were fake.
An unemployed African woman, 34, lured an Asian man, 33, with her accomplices and stole Dhs60,000 from his possession.
An Asian man, 48, sought the help of two policemen who he knew very well to arrest the son of his partner, 24, and force him to sign a promissory note for Dhs132,000 in financial obligations to be paid by his partner.
A trespasser insulted police officers and bragged about being an American, the Dubai Criminal Court heard on Monday.
The Sharjah Debt Settlement Committee, SDSC, has approved Dhs72.28 million to settle cases for citizens in the emirate, as part of its 19th batch of payments, under the directives of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to provide a stable and decent life for the citizens.
The Dubai Criminal Court on Monday began the trial of a gang of five Asians, an Arab businessman and another (fugitive) who are facing charges of stealing cars and exporting them as spare parts.
In light of World Diabetes Day, various initiatives and awareness campaigns were held across the UAE to increase awareness among the residents about the disease.