AN international manhunt could be launched to locate an Iraqi man, who fled the country after allegedly conning a Bahraini woman out of BD266,000.
A police complaint has been launched by
He also issued three cheques worth a combined total of BD46,000, confirmed police sources.
The woman's husband,
"We have known this man for the last seven years and had good relations with him and his sister," he told the GDN.
"His sister, who I believe is still in
"She said he was not earning enough working as a chef in a small restaurant and said he could be a good partner if given chance.
"My wife, who is a close friend of his sister's, trusted them and took the initiative.
"She took a commercial registration (CR) to open a restaurant and they both decided to become partners."
"The biggest mistake of our life was that we trusted this man and invested all our savings in this business," he said.
"My wife doesn't know much about business and she was excited about the business and signed a power of attorney and gave him all the authorities, as the man promised her good profit every month.
"He took over and started managing everything and said he would bring good business."
He alleged that the Iraqi, who cannot be named for legal reasons, started taking loans from different banks, totally BD150,000, under his 57-year-old wife's name.
"We invested BD70,000 in this business, bought equipment and hired employees," he said.
"Then this man went to big banks and took loans on the restaurant CR, which was registered under my wife's name and CPR number.
"We didn't even know that he fled the country until one day we got a call from one of the banks saying we have pending instalments, which we have to pay."
"We had no other option, so we went to the
"We lost everything and our restaurant is facing closure as the employees are threatening to leave because we didn't pay them for two months.
"Another headache is that we keep on getting calls from banks, which are asking for their instalments."
Police sources told the GDN the businessman was on the run and
"A fraud case was filed by a Bahraini woman against an Iraqi man," said sources.
"He was running her shop and issued three cheques worth BD46,000 on the name of the shop, but they all bounced.
"The woman believes the man went back to his country.
"He could be arrested at any moment if there is a warrant by
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