Three visitors - two Croatians and a Macedonian - received two years in jail each for conning an Indian salesman and embezzling (Indian) Rs6 million (approx. Dh323,000).
The trio - AT, 49; ST, 36; and SB, 51 – are also accused of possessing 1,094,000 notes of €500 counterfeit currency for trading purpose. The Dubai Court of First Instance ordered them to be deported after serving the sentences.
On August 29, A.T. called up the Indian salesperson SS, 43, and identified himself as Mustafa and asked him to send Rs6 million to India in return for €100,000.
“I told him that the amount is big and I cannot do that. However, I promised to find another person. I called my friend SK, 30, an Indian trader, who also deals in money transfer,” testified SS.
SK also was unable to arrange the amount, so he contacted AM, 36, Indian salesman, who transferred the amount to the trio.
Later, SS, AM and SK met Mustafa to take the euros. But the latter asked only one of them to accompany him into the meeting room to receive €100,000.
He asked them to count the money manually. Once they finished counting, Mustafa allegedly took it from the salesman and put it in an envelope before handing it over to AM.
Later, the Indian was shocked to discover the euro notes in the envelope that he received were fake.
The three drove back to the hotel but Mustafa had disappeared.
The salesman wanted to complain to the police but SS and SK asked him to wait to sort out the matter with the friend back in India.
After two days, the salesman filed a complaint with the police.
Police investigations revealed the so-called Mustafa and another person approached the receptionist of the hotel to rent a meeting room.
CCTV footage showed that a European handing over a bag to Mustafa before he stepped into the hotel.
Police identified the location of the two Europeans and raided their hotel room and confiscated large amounts of fake euro notes.