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02 December 2023

Fraudster ‘buys’ wooden boards worth Dh368,000

By Eman Al Baik

A Syrian driver and a Palestinian partner allegedly stole 4,000 wooden boards worth Dh368,000 by claiming  to be a Road and Transport Authority (RTA) employee and issuing a forged cheque.

MYD, 24, Syrian is accused of forging an RTA purchase order for wooden boards and sending it to Sicon Building Materials by fax. He is also accused of attempting to take delivery of 4,000 wooden boards of Dh368,000 value by claiming to be another person working for RTA. MYD is also facing the charge of forging a cheque.
MAM, 40, Palestinian, is accused of criminal complicity.

Sami Hassan Asaad, 40, Jordanian, sales manager of Sicon Building Materials, testified that about two months ago, a man claiming to an RTA employee named Abdullah called him. “He asked me about wooden boards and said he will send a person to check them.
“On November 9, 2011, someone called Khalifa came to the company and took samples of the wooden board and issued a purchase order for 4,000 boards worth Dh368,000. On November 11, he sent a purchase order of RTA, specifying the quantity, value and place of delivery. I sent the order to Jebel Ali with a driver and other two men. The so-called Khalifa came and the consignment was unloaded. He handed over an RTA cheque.

“When I went to Citibank to deposit the cheque, it was found to be forged. So a complaint was lodged with the police,” he testified.

Omar Mohammed, Emirati, from RTA’s legal affairs department, testified that the department had received a number of complaints about unidentified persons who forged purchase orders and that RTA had lodged complaints with the police. The purchase order given to Sicon Building Materials was forged. The cheque was also forged, he testified.

Criminal Evidences reported that the cheque and the purchase order were forged.