x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Property scam cost victim Dh5,000, court hears

Two men faked an ownership certificate to collect a deposit on an apartment they did not own, officials say.

DUBAI // Two men denied forging an ownership certificate of an apartment at Dubai Marina to steal a Dh5,000 as rent deposit, a Dubai court heard this morning.

SK, 37, an Iranian, and his accomplice SA, a 26-year-old Briton, changed the data on the certificate by adding SK's name as the owner of the apartment, prosecutors say.

They sent the certificate to AA, an Iraqi, along with a location map, to deceive him into renting the apartment from them, records show. Prosecutors said they took Dh5,000 from AA as a deposit for the apartment.

According to prosecutors, SA and SK were offering this apartment and others for lease on the internet.

AA told prosecutors that he found the apartment online and called SK, who agreed to go with him to see the apartment. He said he went with his wife to see the flat, and the next day, on May 13, 2010, his wife paid SK Dh5,000.

AA said SK gave his wife a handwritten piece of paper, but not a receipt.

The next hearing was scheduled for June 2.

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