DUBAI // A jobless man and his friend lost their appeal against possessing almost half a million fake US dollars and must now see out their two-year jail sentences.
The Cameroonian men, aged 33 and 39, in May denied charges of possessing US$427,000 (Dh1.56 million) in counterfeit notes and attempted fraud but were found guilty and each sentenced to two years in jail by Dubai Criminal Court.
The pair were arrested on March 23 after trying to convince a man to pay them a sum of money so they could remove black paint from $2.5m in notes.
They claimed they needed the money to ship the damaged dollars from Cameroon to the UAE and buy a special liquid that would remove the paint without damaging the notes and then they could pay him back.
The man reported them to police and they were arrested with fake notes in their possession.
They were fined Dh10,000 each and will be deported after completing their jail terms.
Source: uae news