Notary public penalized for fraud


Okaz/Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — The Ministry of Justice seized the records and properties of the head of a notary public office for committing violations while he was on the job.

The Ministry of Justice previously reported that the head of the notary office and a number of employees were under investigation for committing fraud and extorting SR400 million.

Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al-Muajib sent a letter to the Ministry of Justice with the names and ID numbers of the head of the notary office, his three wives and 29 children after he was proven guilty of fraud and extortion.

Ministry of Justice spokesman Sheikh Mansour Al-Qafari said the ministry runs regular auditing on all transactions by the notaries public.

“The ministry detected discrepancies in the notary records. All individuals involved were investigated and the ministry found out that ownership deeds of a land that cost SR400 million were forged. The head of the notary office was involved in the fraudulent transaction and the ministry seized his properties as well as records in his office,” said Al-Qafari.