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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Jobless man jailed two years for forgery, credit card fraud by Dubai Court

Passport and salary certificate of an Armed Forces soldier was used to rack up Dh138,000 in debt, and withdraw more than Dh200,000 using other fraudulently obtained credit cards.

A jobless Emirati will spend two years in jail for two cases in which he forged documents to receive credit cards that he racked up huge debts on.

In the first case, he was sentenced to a year in jail for forging a salary certificate and a passport belonging to an Armed Forces soldier then using them to obtain a credit card from RAKBANK.

Dubai Criminal Court convicted the 34-year-old of forgery, use of forged documents, fraudulently obtaining a credit card and spending Dh138,000 on it.

It was not revealed how the defendant acquired the soldier’s passport and salary certificate, or what their relationship was.

The Emirati soldier, 41, told prosecutors that he came to know of the incident when he received a call from RAKBANK in March last year following up on his credit card.

“They told me that I have a credit card with a Dh100,000 limit, so I visited the bank and was shown the documents - a passport and a salary certificate,” he said. “I told them that the name is mine but the picture is not, then reported the matter to police.”

A bank employee testified that he met the defendant near Deira City Centre in Dubai, where he signed the application and provided all the required documents.

“I submitted the application then was informed that the defendant had provided forged documents,” said the Indian employee, 29.

Prosecutors attached a report confirming the alterations made to the passport, salary certificate and the credit card application.

In the second case, he was given another year in jail for altering documents and using them to obtain credit cards from Mawarid Finance and Emirates NBD. In this case, he managed to fraudulently withdraw Dh223,343 from the credit cards

He denied all charges in court on Thursday, but was convicted and will serve two years in jail.

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