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Apartment scam near Burj Khalifa: British property agent gets jail term


DUBAI – A Dubai-based British real estate agent has been sentenced to jail for selling an apartment near Burj Khalifa using fake documents.

The Dubai Public Prosecution sentenced the man in absentia to five years in jail followed by deportation, plus payment of a Dh7.7 million fine.

The court heard that the man sold the property to a 47-year-old Egyptian businessman in Dubai for Dh7.7 million using fake receipts and documents.

The businessman testified that he met the British man at his real estate office on Sheikh Zayed Road where he was offered the property near Burj Khalifa.

The Egyptian said he paid three installments in advance in 2015, totaling Dh7.7 million. He said he was given receipts and a contract with government stamps.

“He claimed that the unit had been registered under my name and that the final contract would be given to me by the end of the project,” the Egyptian testified.

When he visited the real estate company in 2018 for the property handover, he was told that the documents given to him were fake and that the British realtor had fled the country after embezzling company funds and scamming other customers. ICA/Expat Media

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