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Brit Dad And Son Jailed In Dubai For Scamming 13 Firms

Story ByLee Bullen, Sub EditorJoseph Golder, AgencyNewsflash

A British company boss who escaped being jailed for a GBP 1.7m fraud in Dubai when he fled the country left behind his dad who was also arrested and has now been jailed for three years.

The pair ordered items ranging from carpeting and fencing through to ceramics from 13 different suppliers claiming they were needed to help them fill a lucrative contract with the Dubai Expo.

A third British defendant, 35, identified as a sales executive, has been cleared by the Dubai Court of Misdemeanour in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after the court found no evidence he realised he was involved in a scam.

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The court was told that the 32-year-old son who was the CEO of the two companies involved in the scam had fled Dubai, leaving his father and colleague to stand trial after 13 different companies reported them to the authorities for fraud.

Prosecutors said the son was the CEO of two companies in Dubai and his 58-year-old father had been prosecuted because he had worked alongside him.

They both claimed to have signed contracts with the Dubai Expo before using these to make their business seem legitimate, and in turn con suppliers into selling them products worth millions of AED using fake cheques.

The pair opened offices and a warehouse, and hired staff members to assist in making the scam work.

The British defendants also placed adverts in local newspapers in August 2019 seeking to buy various products, according to the newspaper The National.

The suppliers contacted the two Brits based on the adverts and later signed deals worth over AED 8 million (GBP 1.7 million).

After the cheques bounced, the scammed companies reported the incidents to the local police in October last year.

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One victim, the British owner of a fencing company, said: “I met the son and his father at their offices in Dubai Investment Park… I did so, but the cheques I was handed as payment bounced.”

The Turkish owner of a carpet company said the defendants ordered over AED 4 million (GBP 851,917) of carpets, but found “their office empty” when he went to visit them after their cheque bounced.

A third company was paid in fake cheques after supplying the British pair with ceramics valued at AED 1.4 million (GBP 298,171).

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