Four reportedly on trial for fake property scam in Dubai

Report says the Afghan developer and his three employees forged documents to illegally obtain $326,700 for a fake project

A fake property scam is being investigated.
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A fake property scam is being investigated.

A businessman is said to be on trial for a fake property scam in the UAE, with the 30-year-old Afghan developer and three of his employees charged with forging “documents related to a fake residential project” through which they illegally obtained $326,700 (AED1.2m) from three customers who made advance payments for the apartments in Dubai's Al Furjan neighbourhood. 

The four defendants include the developer, an Indian sales executive, a Pakistani sales manager, and a Jordanian assistant sales manager, all of whom “published advertisements through property agents and online to lure victims using the name of the developer”, local daily Gulf News reported, citing the Dubai Court of First Instance.

The report added that the accused “showed victims fake e-documents to convince them that the project was real and registered” with Dubai Land Department.

According to the daily, an Emirati official at the Land Department testified last December that "his department had received a number of complaints from customers about a residential building in Al Furjan".

He reportedly said: “The developers were selling a fake project.

“The project wasn’t registered with the Land Department. Three customers reported that they paid in advance to book units in the residential building. The developer advertised the project through online posts to sell the units.”

The developer and his sales executive have denied charges, and the manager and assistant, while denying charges, said they were following orders from the former, according to Gulf News, which added that the trial was adjourned till 10 July.

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