Sunday, October 25, 2020

Test inspectors jailed for accepting bribes to pass defective cars

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A pair of rogue test inspectors accepted bribes in return for passing defective cars during vehicle registration tests.

The technicians – a Pakistani, 27, and a 36-year-old Filipino – forged documentation to state that vehicles which had failed an initial inspection had passed a subsequent retest.

Dubai Criminal Court heard the two fraudsters collected pay-offs from drivers via two middlemen, a 63-year-old Pakistani and an Indian, 22.

A string of frauds stretching back to October of last year were uncovered after police were told of concerns over the behaviour of one of the men.

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“A source tipped us off about a Pakistani man who frequently went to the vehicle technical inspection station and offered help to motorists whose cars failed a test in the renewal process in return for cash,” said a lieutenant at Dubai police.

A sting operation was then set up by police to catch the gang in the act.

One of the men offered to ensure an undercover officer’s vehicle passed the registration test for a Dh320 fee.

The four men were subsequently arrested.

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The technicians were convicted of bribery and forgery at Dubai Criminal Court, with their accomplices found guilty of mediating bribery.

They were each sentenced to six months in prison, were fined Dh155,000 and will be deported once they have served their jail terms.

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