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Dubai Police make arrests over UAE residency visa scam

Three people are held after forging UAE documents to apply for Schengen visa for European travel

Dubai Police make arrests over UAE residency visa scam

Dubai Police have arrested three Asians for forging UAE residency visas in order to apply for a Schengen visa to travel across Europe, state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.

Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, assistant Dubai Police Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, said the Department of Anti-Economic Crimes received a report from the French Consulate after officials suspected the residency visa belonging to an Asian man.

He added that Dubai Police formed a squad to follow up the visa which was reported to have been issued by the Directorate General for Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai but was fake.

Colonel Salah Bu Osaiba, director of the Department of Anti-Economic Crimes at Dubai Police, said that the first and second suspects were arrested when they came to the office to receive the visa.

"The second suspect confessed that he was working for the third suspect and that the residency visa was fake. We went to his flat and arrested the third suspect. We found two computers and a memory card used for the forgery," Bu Osaiba added.

All three men have been referred to the public prosecution, WAM reported.

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