A Dubai businessman who threw fake money out of his car in a viral video stunt has been jailed for two years and fined AED200,000.
The man recorded several videos of himself throwing fake 500 Euro notes on the streets in Dubai, with the videos quickly going viral. At the time, he had nearly 400,000 followers, and videos of him living the high life in expensive cars like a Rolls Royce, Bentley, Ferrari and Lamborghini.
But his attempt to get more social media followers on Instagram has backfired after he was arrested, charged and found guilty.
His viral video showed him driving around Dubai living a ‘lavish’ life. In one video, he can be seen driving around Al Quoz industrial area before stopping in front of a group of workers. He then throws his fake notes out of the window and watches as the workers scamper to collect them.
Police searched the 32-year-old’s house and found $740,000 (Dh2.7 million) and 467,000 euros (Dh2 million) in fake banknotes. He told the Dubai Court of First Instance he bought the fake dollar notes online for AED1,000 and got the fake euros from a print shop in Dubai.
He was charged with smuggling, possessing and dealing with fake currency. And the owner of the print shop in Dubai has also been charged with forgery despite printing ‘Bank of Fake’ on the notes to clearly mark them as fake notes.
The banknotes have now been confiscated and the man sentenced to two years in jail and an AED200,000 fine.
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