Family: American held in the Emirates over faked loans freed

The family of an American citizen detained in Dubai over what they described as fake loans put out in his name has been released.

The family told The Associated Press early Friday that Matthew Novak, 31, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, had returned to Cairo, where he holds a teaching job. They declined to comment further.

His family earlier said Novak was detained March 12 at the Abu Dhabi International Airport during a layover while traveling from Thailand to Egypt. They said authorities arrested him over seven loans taken out in his name at several banks in the country that totaled nearly $90,000.

The family said Novak lost his passport in 2010 while living in the United Arab Emirates and someone likely used it to take out the loans.