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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Prosecutors lose appeal against man they say posed as footballer online to defraud women

Unemployed Emirati man was accused of pretending to be Al Jazira's Mohammed Fawzi to steal Dh250,000 from two women but two courts have found him not guilty

Prosecutors have lost their appeal against the acquittal of a jobless Emirati who was accused of posing as a famous football player looking for a bride online to steal money from women.

It was alleged that in 2015, the man pretended to be Al Jazira defender Mohammed Fawzi, who played for Al Ain at the time, and he defrauded a 36-year-old Emirati woman out of Dh247,000 and another local woman, 31, out of Dh10,000.

The women said they reported him after reading news of the actual football player getting married.

The 29-year-old faced charges of fraudulently obtaining the money and threatening to defame one of them but he was found not guilty by Dubai Criminal Court.

Prosecutors appealed seeking a conviction but lost as Dubai Court of Appeal upheld his acquittal on Wednesday.

Read more: 'Unemployed man posed as footballer seeking love to defraud women'