India arrests false employee of Abu Dhabi sheikh’s office

In India, a fraudster posing as an employee of the Abu Dhabi Sheikh’s office was arrested.

Delhi Police arrested a man posing as an employee of the office of a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi. He reportedly stayed at Leela Palace Hotel for more than four months and escaped without paying for his stay, but took with him silverware and a mother-of-pearl tray from the room.

Mohammed Sharif, 41, told hotel staff that he worked in the office of a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family and was in India on a business trip. He checked into the hotel with a fake business card, UAE resident ID and other documents.

The total damage from his stay in the hotel exceeded 100 thousand dirhams. To gain the trust of the hotel staff, he constantly told stories about living and working in the Emirates.

In February 2022, an enterprising Briton named Richard Dexter was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for defrauding a woman living in Dubai of 705 thousand dirhams. The couple met on the online dating app Tinder, in which the man displayed a life of luxury.

In particular, he bragged about “his” private jets and luxury cars, and eventually convinced Amrita Sebastian to invest in a company that develops biopharmaceutical technology.

On the Internet, he claimed to be a successful businessman with a fortune of more than Dh33 million, ties to Hollywood studios, owns supercars and private jets. The Briton was found guilty on seven counts of fraud.

Richard Dexter persuaded an Indian citizen, to whom he bragged about his supposed wealth, to invest in a patent catalog, promising a high return on investment. He then proceeded to extort money from the woman, ostensibly to cover administrative and legal expenses.

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