Busi­ness­man loses Dhs1.9m in scam

The Gulf Today - - HOME - BY HAMZA M. SENGENDO

DUBAI: Two men forged government doc­u­mentsto­hood­wink­abusi­ness­man out of Dhs1.9 mil­lion, pros­e­cu­tors re­vealed on Tues­day.

The Arab em­ployee, 27, and Euro­pean bro­ker, 33, forged pa­pers of a Dubai ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil and cus­toms author­ity, per­tain­ing to the pur­chase of at­mo­spheric wa­ter gen­er­a­tors worth Dhs455 mil­lion.

They forged a bank state­ment at­trib­uted to a na­tional bank. They handed the bo­gus doc­u­ments to the Ital­ian busi­ness­man, 69, and con­vinced him the government had awarded him the gen­er­a­tors’ ten­der.

They de­ceived him the em­ployee had con­nec­tions in the government and was al­legedly ca­pa­ble of let­ting him win the ten­der if he paid a com­mis­sion. They asked for Dhs1, 900,000. He got con­vinced and paid.

He on Jan.9 learnt he was vic­tim of fraud then iled a com­plaint at the Bur Dubai Po­lice Sta­tion. The bro­ker con­fessed dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tions. The Dubai Crim­i­nal Court set Nov.18 for the rul­ing.

In 2016 the busi­ness­man heard from a coun­try­man that the bro­ker was deal­ing with a man strongly con­nected to the government in mat­ters of projects. “I con­tacted the bro­ker,” said the busi­ness­man.

“I of­fered to bring de­vices to ex­tract wa­ter from air. The bro­ker ar­ranged a meeting with the em­ployee who ac­cepted the project. He claimed ca­pa­bil­ity to help me win government ten­ders worth mil­lions.

“He said he would do so in case I paid com­mis­sions in ex­change, which I ac­cepted. The next day the bro­ker showed me al­leged government emails per­tain­ing to the project of Dhs455 mil­lion worth of de­vices.”

The emails showed the de­vices would be sta­tioned in the Free Zone area and within Dubai air­ports. “He showed me other pa­pers of the project and promised it to me on con­di­tion I paid 5 per cent com­mis­sion.

“I ac­cepted and started giv­ing him money through trans­fers at a bank and money shops. I later gave him and the em­ployee more money to in­alise the deal un­til the to­tal clocked Dhs1.9m,” he ex­plained.

The busi­ness­man sought to have doc­u­ments prov­ing the project was in his name. The em­ployee emailed him bo­gus pur­chase or­ders at­trib­uted to the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil and cus­toms author­ity plus fake bank state­ments.

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