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Fake sheikh gets 4-year jail in major fraud

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KD 4 mln stolen from prominent personalities

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 11: A harsh court ruling was issued against a prisoner who impersonated prominent sheikhs from the ruling family and businessmen, and was able to obtain millions of dinars from famous people, sports players and artists, while he was inside Central Prison, reports Al- Qabas daily. In its ruling, the Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Abdullah Al-Othman, sentenced the inmate to four-year imprisonment with hard labor, and obliged him to return the money, which amounts to more than KD 4 million, that he managed to swindle through the operations he carried out from inside his cell in the Central Prison.

The court also sentenced seven other defendants with varying jail terms, considering two among them as his accomplices. They were charged with money laundering, because they were aware of his management of the fraud operations while he was in prison.

The court rejected all pleas made by the defendants after being convinced beyond reasonable doubt that all the procedures for his arrest while he was running his operations using his mobile devices inside the Central Prison were done correctly, in addition to how he spent the money that he swindled.

The Criminal Court also decided to refer the case to the Civil Court, where compensation for the victims was requested and the size of the damages was measured.

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