Two men, a Pakistani and an Indian, together with other runaway accomplices, who offered a bribe to a bank employee in exchange for getting them approval on loans from his administration, have each been sentenced to three years in jail.
The Court of First Instance ordered each of them to pay a Dh40,000 fine and that they get deported after completing their jail terms.
The court found them guilty of offering a bribe to a public employee in exchange for unlawful favours, forgery and use of forged documents, forging and faking a government entity seals and using the fake seals and damaging the public interest.
The court cleared two other men, an Indian and a Pakistani, of the same charges.
Public prosecution records show the defendants, aged between 28 and 45, offered the bank employee to give him 10 per cent off the bank facilities and loans he would help get approved by his administration. They also submitted forged papers including a salary certificate, falsely stating that one of them, a Pakistani, was working as a sales executive and earning Dh22,500 as a monthly salary.
They also forged and used other forged documents that included a forged copy of a bank statement, a forged copy of an Emirates resident ID, a passport with a forged residence visa copy.
The case dates back to February 10, 2017, and the attempted fraud was reported to Al Muraqqabat police station on March 1, 2017.
The first defendant admitted to the attempted fraud and forgery charges.
He confessed he contacted a friend (runaway accomplice) telling him he had been facing financial trouble after he lost his job. The latter then told him he knew some people in banks and could obtain bank loans with forged papers. He then introduced him to the other accused.
That friend then applied for a Dh40,000 loan and managed to obtain it; out of it the main defendant got Dh30,000.
They applied for other loans for three more times and obtained them by submitting forged papers to banks and were splitting the money.
In the present case, the first accused was arrested by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department when he went to a bank branch in Al Muraqqabat to follow-up on a loan application he had submitted using forged documents. He had tried to bribe a sales executive at the bank that he would give him a percentage off the granted facilities if he helped him get the loan. But the latter informed the administration about him and the fraud was halted.