An expat man based in Dubai has been indicted of falsifying his wife’s signature in order to have sole ownership of their Palm Jumeirah apartment, a Dubai court heard.
The 60-year-old Russian citizen reportedly forged his wife’s signature to gain access to a power of attorney, authorizing him to issue a new deed of title under his name for the property, which was originally co-owned by him and his wife.
According to the Dubai Criminal Court, the man had been found to also have falsified Russian consulate and UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs stamps as part of his plan, the National reported.
“We shared ownership of the apartment, but in April 2018 I discovered that my name was no longer on the title deed,” the man’s wife, 41, said in evidence.
Eventually, the woman discovered that she had authorized the power of attorney, allowing her husband to change ownership.
Upon visiting the consulate to inquire regarding her dilemma, the woman found out that the consulate had not stamped such a document.
Last August 14, the woman had been issued an official letter from the Russian consulate, stating that it had not provided a stamp on such a document under her name.
Learning of her husband’s malicious transactions, she then filed a report against her husband at the Dubai Police.
He was subsequently charged with forgery, use of forged documents and illegally seizing ownership of an apartment.
Meanwhile, the man is being prosecuted in his absence.
The case will be heard in court and a verdict will be issued on August 31.
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