Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 24 May 2019

Unemployed man charged with attempted bank fraud

India defendant used fake ID and salary certificate in attempt to borrow Dh150,000

An unemployed man attempted to apply for a Dh150,000 bank loan using forged documents, Dubai Criminal Court has heard.

The defendant, 32, faked an ID card and salary certificate before approaching clerks at a branch of Al Mashreq bank in the city.

Staff there grew suspicious of the paperwork and contacted police to report the forgeries.

Officers then waited for the man to return to the bank to finalise the loan application, and arrested him on the spot.

“He applied through the Oasis Silicon branch and when they [bank staff] double checked his documents they easily figured out two of them were fake,” an officer told the court.

The defendant, an Indian national, first submitted the forged documents on November 3 last year. On November 7 he was arrested.

During police questioning, the man claimed a friend of his had provided the forgeries, although officers were unable to establish if this was true.

“He [the accused] couldn’t identify or locate the man who gave him the forgeries,” a policeman told the hearing. “He said they were in touch via phone only.”

The defendant was charged with using forged documents to attempt to defraud a bank. The hearing was adjourned until February 6.

Updated: January 23, 2019 06:21 PM