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| 17 October, 2017

Fraudsters try to withdraw $24 million using fake cheque in Abu Dhabi

Immigration officers carry pairs of handcuffs. Image used for illustrative purposes.

Immigration officers carry pairs of handcuffs. Image used for illustrative purposes.

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Gang of four held after bank alerted police of counterfeit cheque

Abu Dhabi Police have arrested four people who were trying to withdraw $24 million from a UAE local bank through a counterfeit cheque.

The gang of four, who deposited the cheque, mentioning that it was issued to them by a hospital in the country.

Police arrested the criminals when they were trying to withdraw money through the fake cheque, said Brigadier General Dr Rashid Mohammed Borsheed, Director of CID in the Criminal Security Sector of Abu Dhabi Police.

One of the capital’s bank complained to the police that four persons are trying to open a bank account and deposit a cheque of $24 million. After investigation it turned out that the cheque is counterfeit.

The culprits fled from the bank, but were later arrested.

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The CID officers obtained the suspects' identities and ascertained their whereabouts in the country and arrested them, Brigadier General Dr Rashid Mohammed Borsheed said.

The suspects have confessed to the crime, the police said.

The police urged the public and companies to quickly report such cases of fraud to the police whether it’s a bank cheque or documents.

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