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Update Fraud Case Dynasty Zarooni – Ebony Ivory Towers Al Fajer Properties

Posted by 7starsdubai on August 22, 2010


source Emirates Business 247

The Dubai Court of Appeal heard on
Thursday two cases related to Dynasty Zarooni in which the company, its owners and executive are accused of defrauding property investors of a total of Dh1.2 billion.

In the first case, the court, which was supposed to give a verdict regarding a request made by 36 investors for instating defrauding accusation, adjourned the case to September 23 for verdict as one of the three accused failed to attend the hearing. In 2009, the plaintiffs had filed complaints claiming that Dynasty Zarooni, the companys partner, CEO and managing director, Kabir Mulchandani, and its British executive, RG, had sold investors plots of land that did not exist.

The case was dismissed by the prosecution after reviewing a report handed in by a property market expert assigned by the accused.

The plaintiffs challenged the decision considering that flawed investigations were conducted.

Al Shaali and Company, representing the plaintiff, submitted in an earlier hearing his defence saying the prosecution combined non-related complaints filed to police against Dynasty Zarooni into one case and failed to investigate the property fraud.

In the second case, the 36 local and overseas investors appealed the acquittal sentence awarded in the favour of Dynasty Zarouni, is Emirati partner Hilal Zarooni ,CEO and managing director and executive on May 30.

The subject of this case was that the company and its officials have set up a bogus investment portfolio and promised them hefty returns and defrauded investors of Dh893 million.

They complained that KM received subscription fees of Dh300,000 a month from 12 members of the so-called “investment club” with a promise of hefty monthly returns six months after investing their money in real estate projects, which they claimed they did not receive.

They also claimed that there were no escrow accounts for projects they had invested in.

Besides, they complained that the accused made announcements regarding projects( Jumeirah Business Centre 6,7,8,9 or Ebony and Ivory Towers) contrary to reality. Some projects claimed to be in construction proved to be sandy lands.

The sentence of the Court of First Instance was based on a report presented to the court by the defence lawyer proving that investors had received more than Dh232m in profits.

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Nakheel Dubai is a public joint stock company – not a private one

Posted by 7starsdubai on August 17, 2009


Dubai, August 17, 2009


 A letter presented to the Dubai Court of Appeal yesterday established that developer Nakheel is a public joint stock company (PJSC), not a private one.

The letter was produced by a lawyer representing Nakheel in the case of two former employees who are appealing against their convictions for bribery.

The defendants’ lawyer, Saeed Al Gelani, had said in an earlier session that a ruling by Court of First Instance that Nakheel was a public shareholding company was not true to facts.

He referred to an article by Nakheel’s legal advisor, David Nicholson, that appeared in Arroaya magazine, which is published by the developer. The article said Nakheel had become a private company and was published before the defendants were sent for trial. As a result, said Al Gelani, the two had been tried wrongly.

The accused are 32-year-old UAE national WA, a former general manager of sales at Nakheel, and Egyptian KN, 28, who was a sales representative at Nakheel. Prosecutors say they allegedly asked for a bribe of Dh5.1 million from a real estate brokerage firm to help it buy a plot owned by Nakheel.

Dubai Criminal Court jailed the defendants for three years and ordered them to pay Dh3m. The court is considering a third appeal by Public Prosecution.

original source Emirates Business 24/7

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Al Fajer Properties Case – Zadeh says he’s a victim of a system in which the rulers can manipulate police and the courts to protect their business

Posted by 7starsdubai on July 19, 2009


Al Fajer Properties Dubai 2009 , Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum

In this Gulf city-state, two things have long been untouchable: business interests and the ruling family. However, an attempt to sue a member of the family over an alleged financial swindle is a sign of how much the economic crisis has rattled business as usual here.

Shahram Abdullah Zadeh accuses the brother-in-law , sheikh Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum, of Dubai’s emir illegally of taking over his real-estate firm Al Fajer Properties and having him detained by police to help the swindle.

Zadeh, a 37-year-old Iranian national who has lived in Dubai all his life, brought a civil case against the brother-in-law and his son Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum to get his firm Al Fajer Properties back, a rare move. Even more surprising, shrahm Zadeh tried to raise criminal charges, but that step went nowhere because prosecutors rejected it.

The case has raised questions about whether Dubai really is what it claims to be: A boomtown where international businessmen can safely invest and turn a profit; or rather, a nest of cronyism and connections where royal blood can still trump entrepreneurial effort.

Such questions were largely ignored by everyone – businessmen and politicians alike – as long as the cash was rolling in during Dubai’s stunning expansion over the past decade. But now the emirate has hit the skids in the world financial crisis.

“During the boom, Dubai’s shortcomings were glossed over, but now that the economy is struggling, it’s becoming a different story,” said Christopher Davidson, an author of two books on the United Arab Emirates and a lecturer at Durham University in Britain.

Dubai’s emir, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, led the emirate’s vast financial ambitions. But business ran far ahead of the effort to modernize legislation in what remains a traditional Arab monarchy, where the ruler and his family hold final say.

Now the government has been trying to rein in some fast-and-loose business practices. About a dozen former executives are in custody for various investigations. Some have close ties to the government, but none of those in custody are related to the ruling family.

Zadeh’s case goes farther – breaking to taboo of questioning Dubai’s leadership. Zadeh says he’s a victim of a system in which the rulers can manipulate police and the courts to protect their business.

“If Dubai cannot provide security for foreign investors, they might as well switch off all the lights,” he said.

Attempts over the past weeks by The Associated Press to contact the brother-in-law, Sheikh Hasher Maktoum bin Juma’a Al Maktoum, were unsuccessful. Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoumand his company attorneys did not return repeated phone calls or respond to interview requests.

In the first session of Zadeh’s civil case, Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum and his lawyers failed to appear. In the second a week ago, his lawyer asked the court for more time to study the allegations. The case is to resume May 4.

Zadeh and the Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum went into business in 2004. Foreigners are allowed to deal in property only after finding an Emirati sponsor to officially register a company. The usual practice is for the Emirati sponsor to give his signature for an annual fee or profit share. Several members of the sprawling ruling family are involved in such deals.

Zadeh set up a firm, Al Fajer Properties, and was chief executive while Sheikh  Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum held the trade license. The firm was profitable and is now worth about $2 billion, according to Zadeh. But the partnership soured over delays in building a commercial tower, Juemirah Business Centre.

Zadeh said in an affidavit to Dubai’s attorney general that he was arrested in February 2008 and held for 60 days. He says he was never charged with any crime but was questioned over his business – including the combination of his safe.

While Zadeh was in detention, Sheikh Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum took over the company Al Fajer Properties by appointing his son Sheik Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum as chief executive, ousting Zadeh, according to Zadeh’s filing. When he was released, Zadeh says he found his office safe had been cleaned of documents showing he was the owner of Al Fajer Properties and Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoums partner.

Zadeh also says police tried to push him to sign a document saying he had no connection to Al Fajer Properties. He submitted to the court

Al Fajer documents listing him as CEO and transactions that his lawyers contend show he was the sole investor. The Associated Press was given a copy.

Sheikh Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum  “thought he could do it all because he’s a Sheik,” Zadeh said.

Police refused to comment on whether Zadeh was detained. Shahram Zadeh says they continue to hold his passport and so far he has had little luck pushing his claims.

He submitted a criminal complaint but the attorney general refused to investigate, giving no reason.

Zadeh then filed a complaint directly to Dubai’s emir, who holds what is called the Ruler’s Court. Residents can bring to the emir what they believe are injustices unaddressed by the courts – from disputes over money to wrongful deaths.

Zadeh says he has received no response.

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Dubai Criminal Court – Saudi bank also a victim in Dubai Islamic Bank scam

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 15, 2009


source TheNational UAE
May 14, 2009

DUBAI // A Saudi bank was among the victims of the scam in which the Dubai Islamic Bank was defrauded of US$501 million (Dh1.8bn), it was disclosed in court here yesterday.

A DIB employee testified yesterday before the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance that $120m of the embezzled money belonged to the Saudi Hollandi Bank, of which DIB was a local agent.

The seven defendants are charged with presenting falsified documents to DIB to take possession of funds to finance non-existent projects. Five of them appeared in court yesterday.

The DIB employee told the court that one of the defendants, CR, had met with a special committee set up by DIB in 2007 to settle the matter out of court and pay back the money owed by CCH International, the British-based financial company into whose account the embezzled funds went. He said CR told the committee that the funds were used for “other purposes than intended” and that the bulk of the $501m was transferred to projects and companies in Pakistan and Bahrain as well as to The Plantation project in Dubai.

He said the bank had approved the settlement initially after numerous meetings with CR, who agreed on a repayment schedule and offered the bank properties in Bahrain and in The Plantation project itself as guarantee but that the payments stopped when the defendants were arrested.

Judge Hamad Abdullatif adjourned the case until May 28.

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Dubai property market beset by fraud claims

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 10, 2008


Malaysia Sun

Claims of scams, fraud, and embezzlement are hitting the real estate market in Dubai.

The multi-billion dollar construction craze which has attracted investors from all over the world, has seemingly brought in unsavoury types who have been preying on the never-ending appetites of locals and foreigners lining up to invest in the market.A UK company which claimed to have acquired a 900-apartment plot in the proposed Jumeriah Village project, has reportedly sold off apartments in the plot, with no prospect of them ever being built.
The company, Strategic Property Investment, and its associates, William Cowe and Mark Emlick, are being investigated by Dubai and UK authorities.

Dubai authorities are also investigating the mysterious Al Areifi Tower being constructed at Dubai Marina. As we reported several weeks ago, Khalid Saud Al-Areifi & Partner Co., of Riyadh Saudi Arabia, sold several hundred apartments in the project off-the-plan some years ago, taking full payment upfront.In recent weeks the owners of the apartments have been receiving telephone calls and faxes from Al Areifi representatives in Saudi Arabia advising them construction on the project had stopped and would not be resumed.

Investors say they have been offered their original cost, plus interest, back. We have sighted one of the letters sent which verifies the investors’ claims.When we visited the site two weeks ago we found construction in full swing. We contacted the builder on site who confirmed there had been no disruption to the construction and it was proceeding at ‘full steam.’Reports are now circulating that Al Areifi sold the site to the newly-formed, Abu Dhabi-based, Eskan Properties.

A report in Gulf News , however quotes a company spokesman as saying, ‘We sold the tower on again a week back.’
Having bought their apartments and paid for them in full, well before construction started, investors are now wondering how ‘their’ apartments could be on-sold, on two separate occasions since.

Several calls to Emaar Properties, the master developer of Dubai Marina, where the project is sited, have not been returned.

Meantime the investigation into the conduct of the former CEO of Dubai’s second largest property developer, Deyaar, has been widened.
According to Dubai’s Attorney General, Essam al-Humaidan, a second person, Ganesan Krishna Kumar, 49, has been arrested in connection with the investigation. Kumar, originally from India, was a co-founder, and is managing director, of the Dubai-based advertizing agency, Masterbrand (ME) Ltd.,Two other men have also been detained and questioned, but have since been released. Zack Shahin, Deyaar’s ex-CEO is being probed in relation to claims of possible embezzlement. Deyaar has more than 1,600 apartments, as well as retail, and office complexes, under construction in Dubai.

The glitz and glamour of Dubai’s red-hot property market must be feeling the heat of the latest troubles, coming on top of the debacle surrounding the Damac project on the Palm Jebel Ali.
Damac, which claims to be the largest private property developer in the Middle East, sold apartments off-the-plan in what it called the Palm Springs project, a luxury apartments and resort project on the Palm at Jebel Ali.

Four years after launching the project, Damac wrote to investors saying it had been abandoned as the master developer of the Palm had changed the plans and the project could not now fit the site.Within days the master developer, Nakheel, announced it was unaware of Damac’s claims, and that the changes which Damac referred to had been made ten months earlier, and Damac was happy with them.

A hastily convened meeting by the authorities, involving Damac and Nakheel, resolved the matter, with Damac agreeing to proceed with the project. That action averted a class-action lawsuit against Damac by at least sixty angry investors, most of whom were from the UK

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By adel, 04-26-08, 02:31 AM
An advice on Duabai real estate marketI want to give a little advice to prospective investors in Dubai. Ignore those fantastic property offerings, with incredibly low prices and very long-term and low-cost finance. Believe me guys, the price of cunstruction material and labour, rents, oil…etc have made such projects unviable. Such projects are not economically viable anymore and the little investor will, at the end, lose his or her investment. Watch out !

By Anonymous, 04-24-08, 10:03 PM

Dubai property market beset by fraud claimsI have an apartment in this project which I bought off the plan and paid for in full. As far as I am concerned I am the owner and here I read my apartment has been sold to somebody else, twice! What is going on here? And what about the mighty Emaar. They are overall responsible. Surely they can’t sell these plots off to fraudsters like this and not even answer the phone???? Investors like me just sit out here and get these scraps of information from the news media (thanks! I’m not having a go at you, without you I wouldn’t even know I was being pick-pocketed). Where are the authorities? They shouldn’t just be investigating Deyaar they should be investigating Al Areifi.

By Anonymous, 04-25-08, 05:07 PM

Dubai should act against scamsWhere there is a lot of money the smarties arrive to scam the punters. This al areifi crowd have really done a number on people. The Dubai government shouldn’t stand back and let them get away with it. Selling all the apartments to individuals and then selling the whole building to somebody else is just straight forward theft and fraud. The Saudi Arabian authorities should act as well because this is a Saudi company. What confidence can people have in these gulf markets when this sort of nonsense goes on?

By Anonymous, 04-25-08, 08:09 PM

Few bad apples doesn’t mean you throw out the whole caseYes there are scams and frauds in Dubai, just as there are everywhere. Mostly though I think investment in theis place is safe. The government needs to stamp out the bad guys because it affects how people perceive the market.

By Anonymous, 04-28-08, 01:50 PM

These thugs have to be stopped. Whilst these guys are living the lavish lifestyle, we are repaying our loans to pay for them to do so. I am still pursuing these people and find it a huge disappointment that UAE have no laws against this or protection for people who invest from abroad. It was particualrly enlightening that these guys are residing at one of the sheikhs hotels.. Does that mean he thinks all of this is ok?????

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