Duo’s jail terms for cheating merchant in Dh7m car deal upheld

Court rejects appeals of defendants who sold 50 cars to merchant using forged papers

Dubai: Two men, who conned a merchant and pocketed Dh7 million after selling 50 cars to him with forged papers, lost their appeals and will serve their jail terms.

A 37-year-old Syrian businessman and a 43-year-old Jordanian mechanic claimed to the Saudi merchant that there were 50 sport utility vehicles belonging to Yemeni owners, who wanted to sell the cars at prices cheaper than what were prevalent in the market in July 2015.

The Syrian and Jordanian told the merchant that the cars were parked in a showroom in Al Aweer and that the Yemenis wanted to sell them for cheap because they were unable to export them to Yemen due to the instability over there.

The Saudi asked his countryman friend, who lives in Dubai, to check the cars and he communicated with one of the two defendants and examined the vehicles.

The merchant visited Dubai three times and made three payments totalling Dh7 million shortly after he had signed an agreement with the duo.

While the two parties were in the process of carrying out the business deal, the businessman signed a guarantee cheque of Dh3 million to the Saudi.

When the duo failed to hand over the cars and prepare the required papers to have them exported, the Saudi man complained to the police claiming that he had been deceived and swindled.

In March, the Dubai Court of First Instance jailed the Jordanian for five years and the Syrian for three years.

The two were convicted of forging papers to prove that they had a power of attorney to sell the cars and swindled the Saudi’s Dh7 million.

The Syrian defendant forged the signature on the guarantee cheque, the sales agreement and encashment receipts.

The two accused appealed their imprisonment before the Appeal Court.

Presiding judge Saeed Salem Bin Sarm dismissed the defendants’ appeals and upheld their punishments.

The duo, who pleaded not guilty, will be deported following the completion of their jail terms.

The Saudi said he visited Dubai three times and signed the agreement to buy the cars with the duo in an office in Deira.

“When I visited Dubai for the first time to examine the cars, I realised that the name of the showroom where the SUVs were parked was the family name of one of the defendants. I made three payments within a few days and left. The Syrian defendant gave me three receipts. He handed me a cheque worth Dh3 million as a guarantee. When they failed to provide me with the proper papers to export the cars, I complained to the police. The security cheque bounced when I tried to encash it,” he said.

His countryman friend testified: “When I asked the duo why they wanted to sell the cars for cheaper prices, they told me because the Yemeni owners were not able to export them to Yemen due to the war there.”

The appellate ruling remains subject to appeal before the Cassation Court within 28 days.


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