Frenchman accused of attempting to take Dh600,000 loan with forged documents

Suspect altered his residency and a bank statement, court told

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A Frenchman is accused of attempting to take out a loan with altered copies of his residency and a bank statement, Dubai Criminal Court heard.

The accused, 39, was not present in court to face charges of forgery and attempting to obtain Dh600,000 illegally.

Prosecutors said that on March 23 last year, the man changed the name of his sponsor and his profession on the residency copy before submitting it as part of his loan application to the bank. He gave himself an operations manager position, records showed.

"We checked his documents and called his bank to double-check the statement he provided. His bank said it was a forgery, then we called his work and they informed us he didn't even work for them. We then called the police," said the Emirati head of the investigations department at the bank.

The suspect was arrested a few days later at his residence and during police questioning he allegedly admitted to making the forgeries because he needed money.

"He admitted willingly to forging all three documents," said an Emirati police lieutenant, 28.

A verdict will be issued on February 26.