Visa official accused of forgery
An employee at the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) helped issue more than 120 visas using fake documents, the court of first instance heard.
The 42-year-old Emirati woman allegedly granted 127 applications as a favour for a friend over a period of three months. The friend, a 46-year-old Emirati woman who works in human resources, made Dhs900,000 by using forged tenancy documents to arrange visas for people who wanted to bring their families to Dubai, prosecutors claim. She allegedly had two Indian accomplices.
Prosecutors said she charged her clients thousands of dirhams for the service.
However, on May 18 last year, Dubai Police were tipped off about the scam.
“Usually low-paid workers with less than Dhs4,000 salary can’t bring their families. They need to provide a tenancy contract. She was taking forged contracts and applying for them for an amount of money. She knew a female officer at the DNRD branch in Al Qusais,” a police officer said in court documents.
Police witnessed the woman going to the official’s counter and passing her numerous applications. They said the official then granted the visas without checking the documents.
Officers arrested the pair and said they discovered that the tenancy contracts were being forged by the Indian men. The DNRD official denies forging documents, using forged documents and criminal abetting.
Her friend, who allegedly claims the official did not ask for money, has been charged with accepting bribes worth Dhs920,000 and criminal abetting. The Indian men have been charged with forgery and criminal abetting.
The official’s friend and the Indian men failed to show in court yesterday to enter a plea.