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Charlotte man posing as United Nations official arrested in fraud case

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A man posing as a high-ranking official with the United Nations was arrested Friday, after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said he planned to take thousands of dollars under false pretense.

Sadegh Saniri, 56, was arrested by detectives with the financial crimes unit and charged with attempt to obtain property by false pretense, police said.

An investigation into Saniri began when officials said they were notified Saniri was pretending to be with the UN and “had the ability to bring the victims family into the United States for $20,000 per person.”

Detectives said they learned Saniri had no affiliation with the UN and that he planned to meet the victim at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge Friday morning to exchange payment. Detectives were waiting for him and Saniri was arrested without incident, police said.

Anyone with information about this case or the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers: 704-334-1600, charlottecrimestoppers.com.

Trenda: 704-358-5089; Twitter: @htrenda
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