Visitor jailed over Dh2.2m dodgy cars deal

Defendant conspired with businessman against the manager who was tricked into buying 43 cars with forged papers

Dubai: A visitor has been jailed for six months for conspiring with a businessman to trick a finance manager into buying 43 cars for Dh2.2 million using forged registration papers.

In December 2016, the Jordanian manager met the 40-year-old Pakistani visitor, who worked in companies that traded in used cars, and purchased three sport utility vehicles for Dh300,000 from one of the several used car showrooms of the businessman.

While signing the deal, the defendant introduced the manager to the businessman and after a few meetings, the manager decided to purchase 43 used cars from the businessman for Dh2.2 million.

The manager met the businessman to close the deal, but ran short of around Dh135,000. The businessman, however, handed him the registration papers for the 43 cars.

The manager then went to the nearest bank to withdraw the balance, but when he returned to the businessman’s office, he found both the visitor and businessman missing.

He then went to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to transfer the ownership of the cars to his name where he was told that the 43 registration papers were forged.

The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the accused for forging 43 car registration papers and swindling the manager.

When he showed up in court, the 40-year-old confessed that he forged documents but denied forging the RTA papers or embezzling the money.

According to the primary ruling, the defendant will be deported after serving his jail term.

The manager said he purchased three cars for Dh300,000 and agreed to buy more used cars from the businessman.

“At first we had a verbal agreement and then we had it written down … I received the first batch of 25 cars. The deal was that the defendants would hand over to me the registration papers of all the cars and deliver the rest of the cars. After the Pakistani handed me the papers, I went to the bank to withdraw the remainder of the payment. When I returned to their office, they had gone. Once RTA informed me that the papers were forged, I reported the matter to the police,” he told prosecutors.

The ruling remains subject to appeal.

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