AJMAN // An Egyptian interior designer has been sentenced in absentia to a year in jail for defrauding an Emirati woman out of more than Dh460,000.
Ajman Misdemeanours Court has told police to arrest him so he can be brought in to serve his sentence.
Three years ago, the 39-year-old told the housewife he had good connections in his homeland and he could buy her a farm that makes about Dh1 million of profit each year, so she agreed to hand him Dh462,462.
They met in Ajman in April 2013 and agreed on the amount to be invested but no contract was created, she said.
“I gave him cash, around Dh300,000, in Ajman, and then I transferred the other amount through Al Ansari Exchange. He had offered me a job in Al Ain and the land in Egypt,” she said.
The defendant, in July 2013, called the woman from Egypt and asked her to transfer him Dh18,400. She sent him Dh11,187 before making several other transfers to him, she said.
“The defendant asked the victim to transfer the amounts to his brother because he can’t go to the bank, and then it was found that he had two passports — one of them Egyptian and the other Yemeni,” her lawyer said.
“That made her notice that he was playing around. When he came back from Egypt, she called him many times to get the title deeds of the land, and he started evading her.”
In court in May, the defendant denied the charges against him and said that he has a business relationship with the woman unrelated to the farm.
“I didn’t tell her that I can buy her a farm in Egypt, and I only got from her Dh30,000 in two payments through Al Ansari Exchange and that payment was for doing furniture works for a decorative exhibition in Al Ain, as a down-payment, and I have a proof of the project, which was managed by her,” he said.
“I don’t know why she is accusing me but she told me that she wants to buy a farm in Egypt but I never promised her anything.”
However, the court disagreed and he was sentenced to one year in jail.
Source: uae news