A Pakistani woman running a small business in Dubai swindled nearly Dh800,000 from 29 local traders and fled the emirate, prompting police to issue an arrest warrant in her home country.
The woman had bought goods from the dealers and paid them in chueqes, all of which turned out to be without balance.
Dubai’s police refused to consider the operation as deception and blamed the traders for their ordeal on the grounds they did not bother check the woman’s financial reputation in the market.
“We have received 29 reports from dealers who said the woman gave them dud cheques…we have issued a warrant in her country so she will be arrested and brought back to Dubai,” said Brigadier Khalil Al Mansouri, director of Dubai’s criminal investigation department.
Quoted by Emirat Alyoum Arabic language daily, he said most of the cheques issued by the woman were dated for the next day, adding that the victims tried later to call her company but that all phones were switched off.
“They then realized that have been duped….they also found out later that the woman burned the market prices of many products after she sold what she had bought from them at very low prices,” he said.
The paper quoted another police officer as saying the cases filed by those traders involved nearly Dh800,000 and that Dubai’s police have taken immediate measures to bring the woman to justice in the emirate.
“We do not classify these cases as deception because she went to them and bought goods and signed deals with them….on our part, we have taken urgent measures to bring her back but there is a problem with those traders who agreed to deal with this woman without getting sufficient guarantees and verifying whether her company has a good reputation in the market,” said Colonel Ali Ghanem, director of the Dubai police station.
“It is clear that this woman carried out all her operations within a specific period so I think she became known in the market and any trader who dealt with her could have asked his friends…but no one apparently did so.”
Emirat Alyoum said the victims included Majid Al Issa Electronics, AR General Trading, Alfarqan Trading Company, KL Trading and AT Perfumes.