x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Army clerk forged signature of Chief of Armed Forces, court told

He forged documents to get a captain's badge, then took pictures of himself in the officer's uniform, prosecutors say.

DUBAI // A data entry clerk forged the signature of the Chief of Armed Forces on official documents and obtained an army shoulder badge for a captain to trick an investor into thinking he was a high-ranking officer, a court heard this morning.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told that AM, 34, an Emirati corporal in the Amiri Guards, abused his position to get the shoulder badge, then took pictures of himself wearing it. The incident happened in March, the court heard.

Records said that AM also changed his family name and military number in some official documents. He altered the name of his unit and his profession as well before adding the signatures of high-ranking officers, the court heard.

He showed the forged documents to a woman identified in records as NA and provided pictures of himself with a captain's uniform to lure her into handing him money to invest in a company.

Prosecutors said he persuaded NA to give him Dh850,000 to invest in the company, called V8, which records show was involved in car trading. In return she was to get a share of the monthly profits.

He denied all charges in court and his defence lawyer requested a copy of the file.

The next hearing will be on September 18.

salamir@thenational.ae