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Objections by fraud convicts are dismissed

Bahrain News
Fri, 08 Apr 2016
By Noor Zahra

Bahrain: Three conmen sentenced to two years in jail for stealing two Ford Mustangs from an American couple have had their objections dismissed.

The trio targeted James and Vanja Hathcock after reading an advertisement they posted on the Internet. They handed over a fraudulent cheque in exchange for two Ford Mustang GTs worth BD30,000, the court heard.

Ms Hathcock told the GDN in October 2013 it took the men just five hours to insure the vehicles, register them with the General Directorate of Traffic and ship one out to Jordan.

Apparently the fraud was made easier because the couple surrendered their CPR cards to the swindlers under the pretext of having them photocopied, but they were instead used to register the cars.

Ms Hathcock realised something was wrong when funds from the sale did not appear in her bank account the following day. The three men, two from Jordan and one from Saudi Arabia, were convicted of fraud. They were previously released on BD500 bail after they were sentenced to two years by the Lower Criminal Court, pending the outcome of their appeals.

They lodged appeals at High Criminal Appeals Court, which upheld the original verdict in June 2014. They then lodged objections against their appeals at the same court due to being sentenced in absentia, which were dismissed.

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