x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Woman conned out of Dh3m in citizenship promise

The Iraqi man allegedly posed as a security officer, told the victim that her application was under way, and said he would use his "links with influential people".

ABU DHABI // A man and a woman have been arrested on charges of conning a third person out of almost Dh3 million after falsely promising her UAE citizenship.

The Emirati woman and Iraqi man allegedly told the woman, whose nationality was not provided, that they could secure citizenship for her at a cost of Dh2.8m.

According to a statement from the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, the victim had asked the Emirati woman - who was her former colleague - if she knew someone who could help with her application for citizenship.

"The first defendant did not miss the opportunity and told her previous colleague that she was working at the time with the authority responsible for issuing citizenships," the statement said.

The Iraqi man allegedly posed as a security officer, told the victim that her application was under way, and said he would use his "links with influential people" to ensure everything went smoothly.

The woman paid Dh2,846,000, believing this was required to process her application. The man and woman allegedly demanded more money and told the victim she would be deported if she did not pay.

She then filed a complaint against the pair. It was not clear when they were arrested. The case has been handed to the public prosecution.

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