top of page
  • Writer's pictureIPEX

An Etihad Airways Flight Attendant Faces Jail Time for $100,000 Cryptocurrency Loan Default


"A former member of Etihad Airways cabin crew who recently lost his job in a wave of redundancies because of the COVID-19 pandemic says he faces being sent to jail because he can no longer afford the repayments on a $100,000 loan used to invest in Bitcoin at the height of the cryptocurrency craze. The 34-year-old French national says he is expected to pay back $2,230 every month until the end of 2021 to clear the 338,000 Dirham loan.


Unlike many countries, failing to repay a debt is a criminal offence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where debtors could be sent to jail for up to three years. The British charity, Detained in Dubai (which helps in criminal cases across the UAE) say they have witnessed an uptick in what they describe as “aggressive” tactics from banks which include criminal enforcement.


In the past, expat residents had fled to their home country to renegotiate debt in relative safety but Radha Stirling, the chief executive of Detained in Dubai says there’s been an “upswing in the amount of Interpol threats” for expat debtors who return home to avoid unpaid loans.


“Using Interpol to detain and extradite debtors to the UAE people is not legal, but the UAE banks know that most victims don’t know how to fight the Red Notice or avoid it altogether,” she says. “In fact, the first many former expats learn about Red Notices is when they are detained at an airport.”


For the unnamed Etihad flight attendant, the story began in late 2017 when he took out the huge loan with Emirates Islamic Bank to make his first-ever investment in Bitcoin. At the time, the cryptocurrency was at an all-time high but within less than a year, he claims he had lost 85 per cent on his initial investment.


Both he had and his wife have lost their jobs with Etihad Airways and she can’t afford to repay an unrelated debt.


Last year, it emerged that potentially hundreds of Emirates cabin crew had lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in a Ponzi-style investment scam. Investors were promised returns of between 5 and 20 per cent when they opened an account with a deposit of at least $10,000 – some victims invested over $100,000 in the scam but lost everything."


Full article available at: PaddleYourOwnKanoo

3 Comments


Robin
Robin
Mar 16

I've been exploring different IPTV options lately, and finding the best provider can definitely be a challenge. From what I've researched, it seems like Test IPTV might be worth considering, especially with all the positive reviews I've come across. As for finding the top providers, it's crucial to weigh factors like channel selection, streaming quality, and customer support. Meilleurs fournisseur IPTV has been a key phrase in my search, and I appreciate articles like this one that help break down the options. Looking forward to seeing more insights and recommendations from fellow viewers!

Like

Robin
Robin
Feb 20

Stories like this highlight the risks of high-stakes investments and the importance of financial literacy. In the UAE, debt repayment can have severe consequences, underscoring the need for awareness and support. For businesses in New Jersey, prioritizing financial stability is key. Consider investing in legal counsel and Office signs New Jersey for added professionalism.

Like

consulting24.co
Nov 14, 2023

I understand the hardships faced by the former Etihad Airways cabin crew member, reflecting the harsh consequences of the pandemic. The criminalization of debt repayment in the UAE and aggressive tactics from banks are concerning. The use of Interpol threats for debtors seeking refuge in their home countries adds to the complexity. The cryptocurrency investment loss exacerbates the individual's challenges. Consulting24, known for its expertise in crypto-related services, could provide valuable support for those navigating such financial complexities, offering insights and potential solutions. In times of financial difficulty, seeking professional advice and legal avenues is crucial, and Consulting24 stands out as a reliable partner in this regard.


Like
bottom of page