x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Driver in fake visas Sim scam, court told

A man has been accused of forging residency visas so that he could acquire du SIM cards, resulting in a loss of Dh59,000 to the telecoms company.

DUBAI // A man forged 31 residence visas to obtain du mobile-phone Sim cards that were used to make Dh59,000 worth of calls, a court heard yesterday.

AA, 22, a driver from Pakistan, denied the charge. He told the judge at Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance that he did not know the documents were forged. He had applied for the cards on behalf of someone else in exchange for a small amount of money.

A residence visa is required for du to issue a Sim (subscriber identification module) card, which stores information used to authenticate and identify subscribers.

It was not made clear in court records whether AA was alleged to have made the calls himself, or sold the Sim cards to others.

The next hearing was scheduled for June 17.

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