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Flight crew jailed for shopping with stolen cards

Marie Nammour / 25 May 2013

A flight attendant has been sentenced to six months in jail for shopping with two credit cards he had stolen from a traveller.

The 28-year-old Indian defendant was found guilty of embezzlement, fraud, forgery and use of forged documents.

The Court of First Instance imposed a fine of Dh6,000 on him and ordered him to return the same amount to the complainant.

According to prosecution records, the defendant stole two credit cards from the travellers’ deposit locker room while on an Emirates flight.

With the cards, he purchased two smart phones worth more than Dh3,550 after claiming to the mobile phone shop salesman that he was the holder of the cards and signed on the purchase receipts.

Accordingly, the prices of the phones were deducted from the complainant’s account at a local bank.

He forged the card owner’s signature also when buying an iPad worth Dh2,899.

He said during investigation that his duty was to make sure no wallets or valuables were left inside the travellers’ belongings, coats and jackets before putting them in the locker room.

He confessed that he did not check the travellers’ coats and jackets that day, namely the coat of the complainant. He said he had plenty of jackets to keep and was in a hurry.

He admitted that he stole the credit cards on board a flight coming from Riyadh.

He said that he was in the locker room when the plane landed at Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport on October 2 last year.

He took the cards off a shelf and waited until all travellers walked out of the plane and left.

The police found the items he purchased with the stolen credit cards in his place on November 19 last year.

The complainant said in the investigation that he handed a business class hostess his coat in which he had put his wallet. There were bank cards and sums of money in it.

He was notified around 10am the following day that his bank cards were used for purchases. He looked for his cards but they were missing. He contacted the bank and deactivated the cards.

The verdict can be appealed within 15 days.

mary@khaleejtimes.com

 
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