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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Four arrested over attempt to cash $24m fake cheque at an Abu Dhabi bank

Police say gang forged a cheque using the name of a hospital in the UAE and attempted to cash it but bank staff spotted it was a fake 

Four men have been arrested after attempting to cash a fake US$24 million cheque at an Abu Dhabi bank.

Brigadier Rashid Borshid, head of CID at Abu Dhabi Police, said the gang were trying to illegally withdraw the money, which amounts to Dh88.2 million, using the forged cheque with the name of a UAE hospital.

“We received a report stating that four people were trying to open a bank account and deposit a $24m cheque, which was found to be fake, and then ran away,” said Brig Borshid.

The CID department launched a manhunt and identified the suspects, who were later arrested.

“Three Arab and one of foreign nationality were arrested after admitting the crime,” he said, adding that a report has been sent to prosecutors to bring charges.

Brig Borshid called upon the public and the institutions to promptly inform the police if suspicion occurred while dealing with documents or cheques and let the specialized authorities validate it in order to put an end to such legal excesses.