Visa of­fi­cial ac­cused of forgery

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

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.

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