Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 November 2019

Man handed jail term over Dubai apartment rent scam

Fraudster accepted Dh110,000 in rent for apartment he didn't own

A Dubai fraudster who pocketed Dh110,000 by agreeing to rent out an apartment he didn't own has been handed a six-month jail sentence.

The unemployed Emirati man, 35, advertised the Dubai Marina property on a website and produced a forged copy of the deeds when he received interest from an unwitting victim.

It was not disclosed in court how the guilty party had managed to obtain the document.

“When he presented it, I believed it was original because it was coloured and it carried the defendant’s name as the apartment’s owner,” said the victim, 55.

“The accused also handed me a copy of his passport, so I believed everything was legitimate.”

The victim was told he would be handed the keys to the apartment once maintenance work was carried out.

He had already handed over payment for the agreed term of rent.

“I called him repeatedly to ask whether maintenance was done or not, but he did not answer my phone calls,” the man said.

When he visited the apartment himself, he was told the property belonged to another person and the documentation he had received was fake.

The defendant was convicted of forgery and illegally obtaining money at Dubai Criminal Court.

Updated: October 31, 2019 08:38 PM

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