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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Man who sold friend's Mercedes after borrowing it is jailed

he man sold the car while his friend was attending military training for eight months

A man who sold his friend’s Mercedes S500 using forged documents will spend a year in prison.

In January 2016, the 26-year-old victim, an Emirati military officer, told prosecutors at Dubai Criminal Court that he let his friend borrow his car while he underwent eight months of military training. Upon his return in September, he found that his friend had sold his car using forged documents.

“It’s a 2015 Mercedes S500 which I bought for Dh700,000, and my friend sold it to a showroom which then sold it to a customer,” said the officer, who reported the incident to police.

A Syrian car trader, 41, said the Emirati defendant visited his showroom in Bur Dubai and offered the vehicle for sale.

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“I paid him Dh430,000 but only after he provided me with an ownership document indicating that the ownership of the vehicle had been transferred from the owner to him,” said the trader. The car was then resold.

According to investigations, the 33-year-old defendant asked two men, an Iranian and a man from the Comoros Islands, to forge an car ownership document for him.

The Emirati defendant was charged with embezzling the car, aiding and abetting his two accomplices to commit forgery and using of forged documents. He denied all the charges in court.

The other two defendants denied charges of forgery, use of forged documents and aiding and abetting the Emirati accused to embezzle the car.

All three defendants were convicted by Dubai Criminal Court and sentenced to a year in jail. The expatriate defendants will be deported upon serving their prison terms.