2 accused of conning friend into money laundering

Two crooks, allegedly handed over a bag containing Rs3 million (Dh198,029) of fake Indian currency to a passenger to smuggle it out of the country, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

MAA, 30, AAS, 28, both from Bangladesh, asked their friend FAM to meet them as they wanted to send some cosmetic products along with him for their relatives back home. “As I was planning to travel to my home country, MAA who works as an Imam in a mosque in Ajman called me and asked me to pass by AAS who also works as an Imam in a mosque,” FAM said.

He continued,“MAA asked me to collect some goods from AAS which he wished to send home to Bangladesh. MAA then left the country for Bangladesh and gave the number of AAS so that I could collect the bag from him. MAA had also given me his Bangladesh number.

“When I called AAS to collect the bag, he told me that it was with someone named Robin who will give me the bag at the airport.”

“On the day I was supposed to travel, Robin came with his driver to drop me to the Dubai International Airport. Both of them entered the airport with me where they handed me the hand baggage.

As I was checking in, police found a large amount of currency in the hand bag and I was referred to the seniors.”

FAM informed the police that he had received the bag from a man named Robin who had just dropped him off at the airport.

Police did not find Robin and his driver outside the airport…they had already left,” the victim told First Sergeant Husain Murad.

Criminal Evidences reported that the Rs500 notes summing up to Rs3 million were actually fake.

The Court adjourned the case until July 29.

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