Indian expatriate sells Dubai apartment which he didn’t own

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An Indian expatriate has allegedly defrauded an Egyptian businessman of Dh925,650 by selling him a flat, which he did not own, Khaleej Times has reported.

As the Indian suspect is absconding, he has been charged in absentia with forgery and fraud.

He allegedly forged, together with a runaway accomplice, a document stating that he was the owner of a flat and which he falsely claimed as issued by the Dubai Land Department.

The incident happened between December 2014 and June 2015 and was reported to Al Barsha police.

The defendant managed to make the complainant, a 51-year-old Egyptian businessman, believe that he owned that flat. The accused showed him the forged title deed to sustain his claims.

The complainant said during investigation that he dealt with someone who pretended to be from a real estate office.

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“We had an agreement that I bought a flat in a tower which was allegedly registered in the name of the man on trial,” he told the Court of First Instance.

The complainant said he became convinced that the accused was the owner after the latter showed him the property document. “I paid him amounts on several occasions to buy the property.”

- Published on 31 October 2016

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