Policeman arrested after exchanging fake rupees into dirhams, Dubai court hears

A policeman was arrested after changing 402,000 in fake Indian rupees into dirhams, heard the Dubai Criminal Court.

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DUBAI// A policeman was arrested after changing 402,000 in fake Indian rupees into dirhams, heard the Dubai Criminal Court.

Prosecutors said that K P, 37, an Indian employee at an exchange house in Abu Hail, was asked to make the currency exchange, which came to Dh22,900, by the policeman, Omani Y A, 37, on October 20 last year.

“I handed him the dirhams and sent the rupees he gave me to our head office at the end of the work day,” said K P.

After being double checked at head office, it was found that the bills were fake.

“They confirmed the rupees were fake, but we could easily be fooled to believe they were genuine,” said K P.

Police were notified and camera footage showed Y A as he made the exchange. He was arrested and charged with knowingly possessing fake currency.

He was not present in court to enter a plea. A verdict is expected on August 23.

salamir@thenational.ae