By James Exelby
Police uncover $3.5mn luxury car scam involving four BMWs and 13 other vehicles.
A sergeant with the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Licensing Department (TLD) has been arrested after police uncovered a 13 million dirham ($3.5m) luxury car scam, the UAE daily The National reported on Sunday.
The officer is facing corruption charges after the ownership certificates for four BMWs were fraudulently altered and an attempt was made to alter ownership of another 13 vehicles, the paper said.
Police said the man intended to sell the cars abroad, the paper added.General Maktoum Al-Sharaifi, head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), was quoted as saying that the sergeant, identified as MX, 33, was arrested along with a former TLD employee, OG, 40, after CID officers received a tip that the ownership certificate for a rental car had been illegally transferred to OG’s wife.
Investigators recovered one 2008 model BMW at the Sharjah Port as it was being prepared to be shipped out of the country, the paper said. Another three cars were found elsewhere.
Police are still looking for the remaining 13 cars, it added.
This discovery of fraud is long overdue. It is well known that this department deals in fraudulent car processing, sales and exportation. The depth of car fraud in Abu Dhabi is deep and wide.