x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Dubai woman rang up Dh53,000 bill on mobile phone fraud, court hears

MJ is accused of forging 10 application forms and submitting them to etisalat before obtaining the mobile phones and running up bills totalling Dh53,035.

DUBAI // An Emirati woman used her colleague’s ID card to obtain 10 Etisalat mobile phones and ring up bills of more than Dh53,000, the Dubai Criminal Court heard yesterday.

M?J, 29, a former Dubai airport employee, allegedly gained the trust of S?M, also an Emirati, and used her ID card to get the phones.

She is accused of forging 10 application forms to obtain the mobile phones and running up bills totalling Dh53,035.
S?M said: “I believed her and gave her my ID only to be surprised with a number of bills being sent to me from five Etisalat numbers.”

S?M said she visited an Etisalat office, where she was told that 10 numbers were issued under her name. “I asked M?J and she told me her sister had done it. When she failed to correct the situation, I called police,” S?M added.

M?A, 35, an Etisalat employee, testified that the defendant visited the Al Jubail branch in Sharjah and submitted her application, providing an ID belonging to another person.

Prosecutors said the defendant refused to attend prosecution investigations despite being summoned. Records show the defendant was involved in a similar case that was referred to Family and Juvenile Prosecution.

M?J was not present in court to enter a plea yesterday.

The next hearing will be on December 9.

salamir@thenational.ae