The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced a Gulf citizen to one year in jail to be followed by deportation. The Gulf citizen was convicted of stealing Dhs1 million from an Asian by coercion in a fake bag deal.
The court also referred another individual to the Court of Misdemeanour on charges of illegally appropriating money from others.
The case dated back to last June when the victim signed a Dhs1 million bag deal with the defendant, provided that the money would be paid in cash in the defendant’s office based on a date to be agreed on by both parties.
The victim testified that he agreed with the defendant on a deal to buy bags, provided that $511,000 would be transferred to the defendant’s account and Dhs1 million paid in cash. On the agreed date, the victim and his partner came to the defendant’s office but the defendant called them to change the place of the deal. The victim and his partner then moved to the new place, where two African were waiting for them, one of whom was in private security uniform, to guide them to the new place.
When the defendant inquired about the money, the victim told him it was in a handbag. The defendant snatched the handbag and ran away.