(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A Dubai court has sentenced three Arab men to two years each in jail for trading a large amount of fake dollar bills for valid ones with a police informant.
According to public prosecution records, counterfeit currency of $30,500 was seized from the three defendants, including a 31-year-old Egyptian electrician, a 47-year-old Sudanese businessman and a 28-year-old Syrian man, after they were caught red-handed selling the fake currency notes to a police source.
The Court of First Instance found them guilty of the charges of possession of fake bills for circulation and attempted fraud. It ordered their deportation after ending their jail terms and paying Dh200,000 each as fine.
The arrest was made on November 11, 2017, near a shopping centre in Deira.
A police officer recounted to the investigating prosecutor they had been tipped off the defendants' possessing fake dollar currency notes and their plan to sell it. "Our informant went to meet them on the day of the incident and he pretended he was interested in buying the money. After striking the deal, he signalled to us and we raided the car they were in."
The verdict can be appealed within 15 days from the issuance date.
Marie Nammour Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich criminal imagination...