A beggar who duped members of the public by pretending to be a double amputee was found with Dh100,000 in his fake artificial leg after being snared by police.
The Asian man, in his 60s, was arrested by officers on the first day of Eid Al Fitr during noon prayers in Al Quoz, Dubai, while posing as a beggar with a disability.
“First, we found Dh25 with him and later we found Dh45,000 and other currencies hidden inside his artificial leg. The total value was Dh100,000. He had collected this amount during the entire Ramadan month,” Maj-Gen Al Mansouri said.
The Asian came on the first day of Ramadan on a visit visa and had been begging near mosques and residential areas.
Meanwhile, police arrested 243 beggars, including 107 women, during the anti-begging campaign during Ramadan. A total of 195 beggars came on visit visas and 48 had residency visas.
Colonel Ali Salem Al Shamsi, director of the Infiltrators Department at Dubai police, said most of the beggars were Asians and they entered the country on visit visas posing as businessmen.
Begging is punishable in the UAE with a one-month jail term followed by deportation and confiscation of money.
Source Credit: Gulf News