DUBAI // Three men who were caught with more than half a billion counterfeit euros will spend two years in jail each after being convicted by Dubai Criminal Court.
Croatian A T, 49, compatriot S T, 36, and Macedonian S P, 52, had a total of 547 million euros in fake 500 bills at their hotel when they were arrested.
Prosecutors said Indian salesman A M, 36, who works for a money transfer business, was given 100,000 euros to be changed into Indian rupees and sent to India.
A M called countryman S J, 30, to arrange the delivery of the cash in India, as it totalled more than six million rupees.
“S J called me on August 29 last year about the cash and, after I had someone deliver it [the rupees], he called me and informed me that the man who has the euros will meet with us in a hotel in Dubai,” said A M, adding that he met two men in the lobby of a hotel in Muraqqabat.
The three of them then headed to a meeting room, where A M was given the euros after they were counted and placed in an envelope by one of the men, whom he was told was an Italian.
A M then left the hotel and met with S J, who was waiting in a car outside along with Indian S R, 43.
“They asked me if I checked the cash, then I opened the envelope and noticed the money was fake. They blamed me for not double checking the notes and then we returned to the hotel to look for the Italian who handed me the money,” said A M.
Police investigations found that the Italian was in fact one of the two Croatian defendants.
Prosecutors said A T, S T and S P were tracked down to their room at the Marriott hotel in Al Sufouh and arrested. “We found large amounts of fake money in their possession,” said Emirati policeman M A, 27.
The trio denied the charge through a translator on their second hearing as a translator was not available at their first appearance in court.
The court ordered the confiscation of the fake notes and they will all be deported after serving their terms.
Source: uae news