Dubai Traffic cop arrested for Grand Theft Auto of 17 BMW's, August 17 .
Gen Maktoum al Sharaifi chief of CID of Abu Dhabi Police. A sergeant with the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Licensing Department (TLD) has been arrested after police uncovered a US $3.5m luxury car scam.
The officer is facing corruption charges after someone fraudulently altered the ownership certificates for four BMW's and attempted to alter the ownership of another 13 vehicles. Police said the man intended to sell the cars abroad.
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Gen Maktoum al Sharaifi, the chief of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said 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.In a statement released yesterday, the Ministry of the Interior said OG rented the vehicles through a company he owned. MX would then access TLD files and secretly alter the ownership information.
Investigators recovered one 2008 model BMW at the Sharjah Port as it was being prepared to be shipped out of the country. Another three cars were found elsewhere. Police are still looking for the remaining 13 cars. In a bid to mask his part in the thefts, MX gained the trust of fellow employees at the TLD and used their identifications and passwords to log in to the system while they were attending prayers or were away from work, the statement said. The Interior Minister’s office said that cases of corruption within the ministry were taken very seriously and that any staff member who committed crimes or abused their position would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of their job.
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