Restaurateur, he pretended to be a secret agent of the DGSE: a Lebanese was sentenced to six years in prison and 50,000 euros fine Wednesday in Marseille for defrauding a couple of entrepreneurs and extracting 90,000 euros from an Armenian trader.
Confronted in April 2021 with a tax audit of their construction companies, a couple from Marseille meets a certain Dany. Showing a map from the DGSE (Directorate General of External Security), Dany Hadid, 49, dangled an intervention in exchange for collaboration with the French state.
More than 853,000 euros
The couple is invited to finance special agent operations in Lebanon. The trap closes. While the tax authorities will set the adjustment at 68,000 euros, the couple will pay in a year and a half more than 853,000 euros to Dany in the form of checks and transfers to relatives of the defendant living in Lebanon, but also gifts and jewelry offered to his wife. The hoax goes so far as to send supposed agents to their homes to detect possible "snitches".
The couple described themselves as isolated, "in a bubble." "A total grip" which, according to their lawyer Fabrice Giletta, has totally ruined them: "They paid him all the sums on their accounts and those of their companies, all of their life insurance and those of their children". The deception was revealed when the spouses, beginning to doubt, went to the headquarters of the DGSE in June 2022.
A second victim
A second victim, an Armenian shopkeeper whose son had been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the murder of a young man during a brawl, paid him nearly 90,000 euros to his Lebanese "friend" to protect himself from possible reprisals. The defendant had falsified the signature of the Minister of Justice in a document reporting a false pardon and a remission of sentence granted to his son: "It was to cheer him up," justified Dany Hadid.
In 2017, he had already been sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of 80,000 euros in Versailles for ruining an Egyptian restaurateur, again using a false quality of secret agent, with the complicity of an ex-musician of the gendarmerie band. He had also tried to buy his Marseille apartment by providing the notary with a false bank document attesting to the transfer of funds from Lebanon. "But you never stop!" said the president of the court, Pascal Gand.
At the hearing, Dany Hadid, a hairdresser by training, presented the victims as "not clear". And according to him, his collaboration with prison intelligence would have allowed the arrest of eighteen members of Daesh who were preparing actions in prison.