Abu Dhabi court sentences guy to pay 95,000 dirhams for embezzlement

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

In a significant legal development, the Abu Dhabi Family, Civil, and Administrative Claims Court has ruled in favor of a deceived buyer, directing the fraudulent seller to pay substantial compensation.

The court mandates compensation for the deceptive sale of exclusive vehicle number plates

The court found that the individual falsely claimed ownership of a distinctive vehicle number plate, securing 85,000 dirhams from the unsuspecting buyer.

Deceptive Transaction Unveiled:

The legal dispute arose when the buyer initiated proceedings against the seller, seeking the return of the entire 85,000 dirhams paid for the misrepresented number plate. The plaintiff also sought an additional 10,000 dirhams in compensation, encompassing both material and moral damages resulting from the deceptive sale.

False advertisement on Snapchat:

The fraudulent transaction unfolded when the plaintiff responded to an advertisement on Snapchat showcasing the exclusive number plate for sale. Investigations later revealed that the seller did not legitimately own the plate, prompting legal action.

Criminal Conviction and Fine:

The seller faced criminal charges and was subsequently convicted, receiving a fine of 20,000 dirhams for engaging in fraudulent activities related to the deceptive sale. The court referenced the criminal ruling, emphasising the defendant's use of false advertising on Snapchat and deceptive communication through WhatsApp.

Shared Foundation Between Cases:

The court underscored a shared foundation between the criminal and civil cases, highlighting that the criminal conviction was based on the same fraudulent act at the core of the civil lawsuit. The defendant's deceptive actions, characterised as "embezzlement and seizure of the plaintiff’s property," were identified as integral aspects of both legal proceedings.

Comprehensive Compensation Order:

Considering the gravity of the fraudulent act, the court issued a comprehensive order, compelling the defendant to compensate the plaintiff with the full amount of 85,000 dirhams. An additional 10,000 dirhams were designated for damages resulting from the deceitful transaction, emphasising the court's commitment to justice and protecting individuals from fraudulent schemes.

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