A reader from Dubai asks: I keep reading almost every day in Gulf News how people issuing bounced cheques are being caught and jailed to pay up, even for small amounts of Dh10,000 or so.
I know someone who gave me a cheque for Dh250,000 that bounced. I lodged a complaint with Dubai Police for months with no result.
I finally talked to CID (Criminal Investigations Department) who told me to go and wait for the person in front of his office and call them once I see him so they can come and arrest him. The person had actually changed his office address.
I managed to get the new address and managed to locate him with no help from the police. I called the police on the spot and they came and arrested him.
I went to check with them about the next step and I was sent from one office to another with no result.
Ten days later, they told me he was released on bail for 30 days. No one spoke to me during that period. The bail period ended two weeks ago and still no one called me. This has been dragging since March this year.
I would like to know what to do next. I want to take this further to at least get the value of the cheque. Can you please advise me what legal route I can take?