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Kuwaiti loses KD 250,000 to fake real estate brokers

KUWAIT CITY, June 21: Security operatives from the Criminal Investigations Department have arrested a gang of five individuals — three Kuwaitis and two expatriates working as legal advisors in a governmental body for swindling citizens, reports Al-Anba daily. A security source said a Kuwaiti man lodged a complaint against some persons that allegedly assaulted and forced him to sign a cheque worth 250,000, but the allegation turned out to be false when investigators discovered that the complainant had signed the cheque in his free will.

He confessed some persons presented themselves as real estate brokers and made him offer his real estate for sale. After the sale, the brokers demanded commission and requested a cheque of KD 250,000 out of KD 1.5 million cheque he received from the buyer. To his surprise, the citizen discovered he was issued a dud cheque by the buyer after he had signed the cheque of KD 250,000 to the real estate brokers. He filed a complaint upon his lawyer’s advice. Intensive investigations by securitymen led to arrest of the fraudsters who admitted duping 10 persons in the same manner. Apparently, no properties were sold by the brokers, but victims paid large sums of money to them. Meanwhile, security operatives are looking for a burglar who raided the home of an Egyptian family in Salmiya and escaped with KD 1,260 cash, jewelry and passports, reports Al-Rai daily. A case was registered after personnel from the Criminal Evidences Department went to the scene and lifted fingerprints to identify the culprit.

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