Family: American Held in the Emirates Over Faked Loans Freed

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 4:00 AM

S. citizen detained in the United Arab Emirates over faked loans totaling nearly $90.000 drawn in his title has been freed and left the country for his teaching work in Egypt, his family said early Friday.

A U. S. citizen detained in the United Arab Emirates over faked loans totaling nearly $90.000 drawn in his title has been freed and left the country for his teaching work in Egypt, his family said early Friday.

Matthew Novak, thirty-one, a native of KS City, Missouri, arrived in Cairo after being freed following his weekslong detention in the Emirates, his family said.

They declined to comment on the circumstances of his release. The state-run WAM news agency, which never reported his initial detention, carried number word of his release early Friday. The U. S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.

Novak was stopped March twelve at Abu Dhabi International Airport during a layover while traveling from Thailand to Egypt, his family earlier said.

Authorities arrested him over seven loans taken out in his title in several areas of the UAE, a seven-emirate federation on the Arabian Peninsula, his family said.

Novak previously worked as a school instructor in Abu Dhabi from two thousand nine to two thousand twelve before taking a teaching work in Thailand and later Cairo, his family said. He lost his U. S. passport in Abu Dhabi, the Emirati capital, in two thousand-tenth and reported it lost to both the U. S. Embassy and local police there before receiving a replacement, his family said.

His family believes someone stole Novak'south passport and then used it to create the loans.

While liberal compared to other nations in the Gulf, the UAE considers defaulting on loans a criminal offense and incarcerates debtors to stop them from fleeing the country and to create them settle their accounts. As oil prices have dipped in recent months, some foreign workers in the region have found themselves out of a work and suddenly unable to create payments, effectively trapped overseas.

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