x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Man used fake ID to write cheques worth Dh400,000, UAE hears court

Man accused of using fake ID card to write a Dh185,000 cheque.

ABU DHABI // A man used a fake ID card to try to cash two cheques worth almost Dh400,000, a court heard.

Prosecutors told the Criminal Court that the man, a sales manager from Jordan, went to the Emirates Bank branch in Delma Mall to cash two cheques – one for Dh185,000 and one for Dh190,000.

But a bank worker became suspicious, noting that the name under the photo on the ID card was Emirati. Police were alerted and the man was arrested.

The man claimed that he had been told by his boss that by law his ID card should carry the name of his Emirati sponsor.

“When I handed over my ID, the employee did not ask about my name at all, she just asked why the colour of the card was different and asked if I had another ID card,” he told the court.

“So I gave her my Jordanian ID card, and she asked me to wait.”

He said he waited for 45 minutes before trying to leave the bank branch.

“If I knew the card was forged I would have escaped immediately and would not have given her my Jordanian card,” he said.

The case was adjourned until December 16 for the bank employee to testify.

hdajani@thenational.ae