UAE: Man jailed for offering fake immigration visas via social media – News

He claimed that his company can help people migrate to European and American countries

Published: Mon 12 Sep 2022, 08:27

A 43-year-old expat has been sentenced to two months in prison for fraudulently taking money for immigration visas.

He placed advertisements on social media sites and at building entrances stating that his company provided immigration visas to various countries and that he had a special offer for those wishing to migrate.

He conducted interviews with the victims in an office he rented as the company’s headquarters and obtained various sums of money. It also issued receipts with the company logo in exchange for issuing visas.

An official letter from the Ministry of Economic Development stated that the company was not officially licensed. Indeed, the owner applied for the license as an individual institution to provide tour guide services in the country. This license does not include the issuance of tourist or immigration visas.

During the trial, the defendant denied the charges, stating that he was only an employee of the company. However, the court confirmed that the defendant deliberately seized the victims’ money through fraudulent means.

The court ordered him to repay the money he got from the victims as visa transaction fees. He will be expelled from the country after serving his sentence.