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Man duped woman promising media job, court hears

Suspect claimed he worked for government-owned media establishment, embezzled Dh500 from her

Gulf News

Dubai: A jobless man has been accused of posing as an employee at a government-owned media establishment in Dubai and claiming that he would hire a woman using a forged contract.

The 28-year-old American man was said to have claimed to the Asian woman jobseeker that he worked for the media establishment and handed her a labour contract that turned out to be forged in June.

When the job applicant visited the media establishment’s office in Dubai, according to records, one of the managers told her that the contract was forged.

Prosecutors accused the American of forging a labour contract and a receipt and using them to embezzle Dh500.

The American pleaded guilty and confessed to his accusations when he showed up before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday.

He asked presiding judge Urfan Omar to hand him a lenient punishment.

An Emirati manager at the establishment told prosecutors that the woman visited him to check out on a job that she had been offered.

“When she produced the contract and receipt bearing the establishment’s name, I realised that the papers were forged. She told me that the suspect had claimed to her that he worked for the media establishment and offered her a job. She also provided me with a receipt for Dh6,000 which she had paid to have her residency processed. I explained to her that the contract and the receipt were forged … and that normally the employees are not required to pay those fees. Then we informed the police,” the manager testified to prosecutors.

The suspect was quoted as admitting to prosecutors that he forged the papers and embezzled Dh500.

The trial continues.