x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Etisalat clerk accused of phone fraud

An Etisalat clerk denies using phantom accounts to make calls that mounted up to Dh918,000 in bills, court hears.

DUBAI // An Etisalat clerk created 134 bogus accounts then used them to make calls and mobile balance transfers worth Dh918,000, a court heard today.

MA, 35, a Pakistani who worked at the Festival City branch, applied for the post-paid mobile lines using forged salary certificates and copies of passports of people who worked for a private company he owned, prosecutors told Dubai Criminal Court.

"He attached fake passport copies and certificates to the applications without the customers' knowledge and then activated the service and started using the lines to make calls," a financial manager at Etisalat said.

The clerk denied the charge and the case was adjourned to May 27.

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