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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Men who posed as charity workers to steal Dh10,000 are jailed

The men, two from Egypt and the other two from Comoros Islands, forged identification cards and receipt books which they then used to scam people into donating to the charity

Four men who posed as charity workers to steal more than Dh10,000 in donations from people will spend three months in jail each.

The men, two from Egypt and the other two from Comoros Islands, forged identification cards and receipt books which they then used to scam people into donating to the charity.

The men – aged between 40 and 43 – were charged with forgery, use of forged documents, posing as employees of a public entity and fraudulently obtaining more than Dh10,000 in donations.

Records show that in February 2015, police spotted two of the defendants visiting shops in Naif.

“We suspected them and stopped them, then referred them for questioning, during which we found out that they were faking being a charity association’s representatives and were collecting donations,” said a Yemeni policeman.

Several shop owners in Naif approached police they had been approached by the two men and paid them donations thinking it was going to the needy through the charity.

“They came to my shop several times and they had the receipts and the identification cards on them so I gave them Dh2,000 in total,” said an Indian owner of a fabric shop.

Several other shop owners donated between Dh250 and Dh4,000 and were issued receipts by the defendants, records show.

The Emirati director of the charity association said in records that one of the defendants owns an advertising agency and that the association had signed a contract with his company to carry out an advertisement campaign for the charity.

“But we never gave them any documents such as receipt books or identification cards to collect donations, and I have no idea how they obtained them,” she said.

In court last March, one of the men – an Egyptian advertising company manager – said he was in his home country at the time of the incidents had no knowledge of the other three defendants’ actions. On Monday, Dubai Criminal Court convicted all four of the charges and sentenced them to three months in prison each followed by deportation.

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