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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Employee forged documents to set-up competing company and poach clients, court hears 

Prosecutors said the man worked as a public relations writer before using forged documents to obtain a trade licence

An employee of a security company forged a document using his colleagues’ signatures and stamps to be issued a trade licence for his own company, Dubai Criminal Court heard on Thursday.

On January 10, the 26-year-old Sudanese man worked as a public relations writer and allegedly forged two of his colleagues’ signatures and used one of their stamps to forge a no-objection letter, allowing him to apply for a trade licence from the Department of Economic Development in Dubai.

The man used the licence to set-up his own company to compete with the company where he and allegedly tried to poach their clients.

He is charged with forgery and using forged documents after allegedly reproducing the signature of the director of human resources, a 31-year-old Polish woman, and a 41-year-old accountant to apply for the licence for the competing company.

The owner of the security company, a 36-year-old Pakistani man, told prosecutors the man used a company form from 2015 to complete the application.

The next hearing will be held on November 11.

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