x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Policewoman accused of Dh3m scam

Police are investigating a fraud case against a high-ranking officer in Ajman.

AJMAN // A senior police officer in Ajman is being investigated over an alleged Dh3 million investment scam, prosecutors and police say.

The officer allegedly asked her victims to invest in her company, which dealt in jewels, perfumes and bridal gowns, promising huge profits every week.

The victims contributed between Dh50,000 and Dh1m, but after a few months she stopped responding to them and paid them nothing, officials say.

Brig Ali Alwan, director general of Ajman Police, confirmed that police were handling complaints by several people against one of their senior female staff members in the traffic department.

"After examining all the complaints we went to her home and arrested her in October," Brig Alwan said. "Her case was referred to prosecutors but she was … released on bail last month and the case was still being investigated by the prosecutors."

A senior officer from the Public Prosecution said the office was still investigating the case.

"The only problem was that the victims had reported it to police as a criminal case, yet this is purely a civil case supposed to be handled by a civil court," he said.

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