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Businessman sells bogus company to Emirati, dupes him of Dh120,000

The runaway defendant has been accused of fraud, forgery of an official document and use of the forged paper.

A businessman was charged at a Dubai court in absentia for allegedly duping an Emirati man of Dh120,000 in a bogus company sale deal.

The Court of First Instance heard that the 36-year-old Egyptian businessman falsely claimed to the victim that he had a company to sell. He sent him a forged copy of a trade licence of an enterprise, he claimed he owned, to lure him into paying the cash after telling him that the business needed licence renewal.

The runaway defendant has been accused of fraud, forgery of an official document and use of the forged paper.

The case dates back to November 19 last year. A complaint was filed at Al Barsha police station.

The complainant, a 49-year-old Emirati, said he saw an advert online which looked for a financer for renewing a trade licence of a petroleum services company and then re-selling it and making profits. “I called the number in the ad and the defendant talked to me.”

During the public prosecution investigation, the complainant recalled that the accused claimed that he owned that company. “He sent me its trade licence copy on WhatsApp. He stopped taking my calls after I paid him the cash. I complained against him at the police station.”

A letter from the Department of Economic Development said that the company, subject of the dispute, was not registered in their system.

WhatsApp conversations between the two men were used as technical evidence.

A ruling will be issued on May 28.

mary@khaleejtimes.com

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 academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…



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