A bogus beggar who duped members of the public by pretending to be a double amputee was found with Dh100,000 in his fake artificial leg after being snared by police.
The Asian man, in his 60s, was arrested by officers on the first day of Eid Al Fitr during noon prayers in Al Quoz, Dubai, while posing as a beggar with a disability.
Dubai Police suspected that his artificial legs were fake and after conducting a search of them, found Dh100,000 in different currencies stashed inside.
The man, who entered the country on a visit visa, has been referred to Dubai Public Prosecution.
He was one of 243 people arrested during the Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr period as part of a major force clampdown.
Maj Gen Khalil Al Mansouri, assistant to the Dubai Police Chief, said: "A total of 243 beggars, including 136 men and 107 women, have been arrested during Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr as part of Dubai Police’s annual clampdown,” Maj Gen Al Mansouri.
An increase in begging often occurs during Ramadan and Muslim holidays, when many professional beggars come to the country to take advantage of people’s charitable spirit.
Among those arrested, a total of 195 beggars entered to the UAE on a visit visa and 48 others are living in the country on a residency visas.
Lt Col Ali Salem, director of the anti-infiltration section at the criminal investigation department of Dubai Police, previously told The National: "Those who entered the country only to beg paid at least Dh7,000 to get a visit visa and pay for airline tickets.
Tourism companies found sponsoring people who were caught begging could be fined up to Dh10,000.