Vakkas Altınbaş, a member of the Altınbaş Holding board, and his son Mehmet Altınbaş, along with estate agent Ahmet Bayraktar, Mehmet Akacan, lawyer Refer Uzun and certifying officers Mehmet Şefik Ormancıoğlu and Kemal Yorgancıoğlu had all appeared before Girne District Court on Monday.
They were arrested on suspicion of “counterfeiting official documents”, “circulating counterfeited official documents” and “procuring registration by the way of a fraudulent act”, crimes said to have been committed in Girne on October 3, 2016.
The court was told on Monday that the alleged fraud happened when the Altınbaş family was said to have paid £4 million for 18 properties bought from a man named Hüseyin Cahit.
Two post-dated cheques, amounting to a total of £3,050,000, were made out to Mr Cahit but he died before he could cash them, according to prosecuting evidence given by police officer Yalgı Döşenci.
“Following the death of Cahit, an agreement was concluded as if he was still alive and it was shown as if some other properties were purchased with these cheques,” Mr Döşenci said.
“In the meantime, Ahmet Bayraktar admitted that he obtained about £1 million from Vakkas Altınbaş for drawing up a counterfeited document with lawyer Refet Uzun [in the presence of two witnesses].”
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