A 37-year-old man was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday after impersonating a Lebanese Army officer and accepting bribes in return for promising acceptance to the Military Academy. Kamel Shmisani tricked a doctor identified as “Aa.Aa.” into paying $100,000 for his son to be accepted into the academy.
However, the doctor was also accused of participating in the crime because he agreed to pay the bribe. In addition to the doctor and Shmisani, an arrest warrant was issued for an Ali Jaber over his involvement in the scam. The three were referred to the Military Tribunal.
First Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghaida Wednesday presided over the case, involving the doctor whose son, a college graduate named Mohammad, had hopes of entering the Military Academy.
The doctor heard about Shmisani, also known as “Kimo,” having connections that allowed him to place people in the academy for a fee. “I have strong ties to Army officers and the price [for someone to become] a specialized officer is $150,000,” Shmisani told the doctor during their first encounter. “After this, consider Mohammad an Army officer,” he reportedly added.
The doctor made two payments to Shmisani before the results of the academy exams were released. By this time, he had paid $80,000. The results were made public in April 2017, but Mohammad wasn’t listed among those accepted. After the boy’s father contacted Shmisani, the latter said a second batch of 17 more names – including his son’s – would be released. At this point, Shmisani asked for another $10,000 that would supposedly be paid to an Army officer. The results, Shmisani claimed, would be announced in March 2018.
Shmisani phoned the doctor and placed on the line an officer called “Serhan,” who had supposedly received the $10,000. “Rest assured your son passed and the officers that were paid money have received their payments,” Serhan said.
After this call, Shmisani went to the doctor’s home and assured him of the positive outcome, asking for another $10,000.
Shmisani further tricked the doctor by calling from a private number and impersonating an officer from the Army’s Intelligence Branch, saying Mohammad would join the academy on March 28, 2018.
Following this conversation, the doctor called the intelligence office to confirm the date and instead learned he had been the victim of a scam.
Shmisani admitted Wednesday to receiving $100,000 of the $150,000 he had requested in order to pay a person named Ali Jaber who claimed to be able to place young people in the Internal Security Forces.
Shmisani admitted to calling the doctor, pretending to be “Serhan” and claiming Mohammad was accepted into the academy.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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