Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority (ACA) said on Wednesday that a man has been arrested after claiming to be a member of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s family to defraud a businessman under the guise of donating for national projects.
The ACA, the regulatory body responsible for enforcing laws and regulations within state bodies, said in an official statement that the unnamed suspect defrauded the businessman of EGP 56 million.
The suspect reportedly used expensive cars for transportation and hired former police officers as his personal guards as part of his ruse.
Among the national projects the conman claimed he would contribute to is the government initiative to reclaim 1.5 million feddans of farmland nationwide.
Investigations revealed that the suspect delivered bank invoices to the businessman that appeared to be from a governmental body responsible for purchasing agricultural equipment.
The suspect is also implicated in nine other criminal cases, including kidnapping, embezzlement and bribery, the ACA said, adding that the High State Security Prosecution has started investigating the incident.
El-Sisi has on a number of occasions warned against individuals or organisations using his name in any dealings, calling on citizens to immediately report such incidents to the authorities.