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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 26 March 2019

Saleswoman jailed for Dh200,000 mobile phone fraud

Worker ran up more than Dh30,000 in bills on illegally obtained phones

A fraudster saleswoman who forged dozens of customer applications in order to get her hands on nearly Dh200,000 of mobile phones and sim cards has been given a six month jail sentence.

The telecoms worker, 37, applied for 56 phone - 37 iPhones and 19 Samsung smartphones - and 56 SIM cards using fake names as well as the details of customers.

She ran up more than Dh30,000 of bills on the illegally obtained phones and sim cards over a period of two years.

The crimes, which took place between August, 2013 and July, 2015, were uncovered when customers noticed they were receiving payment requests for phones they did not own.

“We were alerted after 28 clients, whose names were used on some of the applications, complained against bills of services they hadn’t used,” said the telecom company's Emirati internal auditing manager.

the saleswoman confessed her crimes when confronted by management after an internal investigation.

She was convicted of charges of abusing her position, forgery, use of forged documents and embezzlement at Dubai Criminal Court.

She must pay a fine of Dh150,000 and pay Dh21,000 in compensation to the company.

She will be deported at the end of her sentence.

Updated: February 21, 2019 02:26 PM

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