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Fake groom to pay woman Dh1.364 million

The Abu Dhabi Family, Civil, and Administrative Cases Court ordered two women and a man to pay back Dh1.364 million to a woman, plus legal interest, and to provide her Dh20,000 as compensation for fraud.

After misleading the victim via WhatsApp about a man who wanted to marry her, the defendants stole the money.

The victim filed a lawsuit in which she demanded that the defendants be held accountable for paying back Dh1.364 million as well as delayed interest at 5 percent of the amount that was decided upon from the date the lawsuit was filed until the total amount was settled, provided that it did not exceed the amount that was agreed upon.

She further sought that the defendants be held liable for paying her Dh250,000 as compensation for the material and moral harm she had suffered, the costs she had incurred, and the attorneys’ fees.

The evidence demonstrated that the offenders had duped the victim into believing she would soon be married by using WhatsApp to take the cash for themselves illegally. They spoke to the victim in his stead, so she gave them the money.

She said the court decided to sentence the defendants to three months in jail, followed by deportation for the male defendant, and ordered them to reimburse the costs.

The victim stressed that she suffered moral damages in the form of her sadness, pain, and derogation, as well as material losses in the form of losing her money and paying for legal fees.

The defendants failed to present the court with proof that they had settled the dispute and given the complainant’s money back, so the court declared that the verdict had become final and that it had been established that they had stolen it. KD/Expat Media

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