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Dh11 million property scam in Dubai: 4 on trial

 

DUBAI – Four people who allegedly tried to sell land worth Dh11 million using fake documents are on trial in Dubai for trying to scam a developer into selling the property.

The scam was discovered after an employee at the property developer noticed that the authorization letter provided to the company was fake.

An Indian businessman, 42, had submitted the authorization letter to sell the land owned by another Indian businessman and his Egyptian business partner.

The letter was issued from Egypt, and granted power to an Egyptian man to sell the land on behalf of the Egyptian businessman.

The employee rejected the authorization letter, saying it needed more details from the Egyptian business partner.

The employee said that he later received a call from the Indian businessman claiming that his Egyptian business partner was in Egypt and could not complete the documentation because his wife is suffering from cancer.

However, the Indian businessman and his cohorts were later able to resubmit the authorization letter to the property developer.

The employee said he verified the authenticity of the letter with a lawyer based in Egypt.
“[He] checked the government department that issued the letter and he confirmed to me it is a forged document,” the employee testified.

He then alerted Dubai Police about the incident. Police arrested the Indian businessman and his Egyptian cohort. A third person was arrested for forging the documents. A fourth defendant from Palestine has been charged in absentia for abetting a crime.

The trial resumes on July 22. ICA/Expat Media


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