x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Cleaner with 200,000 euros in fake bills jailed

A man who tried to exchange fake currency for real money at a bank was arrested after the teller realised the money was counterfeit.

DUBAI // A cleaner who was found in possession of 200,000 euros (Dh934,358) in counterfeit bills will spend three years in prison, a court ruled today.

MK, 35, of Bangladesh, was arrested in August after trying to exchange the fake notes for dirhams at the Dubai International Airport branch of Emirates NBD bank, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

MM, a 37-year-old Filipina teller at the bank, said MK handed her what was supposedly 2,200 euros.

"I immediately knew the bills were forged," she said. "The forgery was too obvious."

She told her colleague, who informed police, and the man was arrested at the bank.

The court also fined MK Dh50,000. He will be deported after serving his prison term.

The forged bills have been confiscated.

salamir@thenational.ae