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Hamza M Sengendo, Staff Reporter
A fraudster who posed as a prince and used counterfeit Dubai Courts documents to swindle cash from a female investor will spend one year behind bars.
The unemployed African man, 43, wore GCC attire –a cloak, ghutra, dishdasha and headband. He identified himself with a false name, gained her confidence and conned her out of Euro18, 900 (worth Dhs78, 000).
He teamed up with an unidentified fugitive accomplice to duplicate the stamp of a government body (a Dubai Courts stamp) with the aim of using it in the scam. They used it to forge a receipt attributed to the courts.
They also fixed it on a counterfeit property purchase agreement as proof it was attested by the courts. He presented the bogus documents to her. He will be deported after serving the term, the Criminal Court ruled.
On the record, an Emirati sergeant testified that the woman showed up at Al Barsha Police Station and complained that the defendant told her he managed a company and summoned her for a property deal.
They met at a hotel. She paid Euro18, 900. They later met at a brokering company to finalise the deal.
He asked her for $180, 000. She hesitated and later refused to pay after discovering he gave her fake documents.
Police caught him with a mobile he was using to keep in touch with her. He confessed and said he with the help of his countryman swindled her money and that he posed as a royal and handed her fake documents.
“The hotel’s cameras showed him taking her money,” said the sergeant. “It was not the first time the defendant swindled money from people.
“He had earlier tried to con an American family using the same method.”
During police interrogations he acknowledged he was the man in the surveillance footage and that he dressed like a GCC national to fool the victim. Dubai Courts confirmed all the documents he used were counterfeits.
A bank’s service agent forged a customer’s signature on a cheque, which he stole form his chequebook, and managed to withdraw Dhs1.2 million from the account concerned. The customer was reportedly completing a transaction at the suspect’s office when the latter surreptitiously stole a cheque from the former’s chequebook.
Ten alleged serial scammers were hauled back into court on Tuesday for siphoning Dhs784,400 from an elderly Emirati trader’s bank account.
Three men and a woman raked in Dhs1,219,500 after selling out non-existent flats, the Dubai Criminal Court heard on Wednesday.
"People ran out of their houses and were reciting the Quran," an AFP correspondent in Rawalpindi said, with similar reports coming from the capital Islamabad, Lahore and elsewhere in the country.
The committee said, “The Crescent for the month of Ramadan was NOT SEEN in Saudi Arabia today, subsequently Thursday 23rd March 2023 will be the first Day of Ramadan. Taraweeh Prayers will begin following Isha Prayers tomorrow."
The Shariah courts across the country will monitor and notify the committee of any sightings, while the Lunar Calendar Committee at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department will continue to gather evidence and report its findings to the Moon-Sighting Committee.