Unemployed man on trial over Dh223,000 credit card fraud

Dubai - The accused faked the victim's signature also on the applications forms to get the credit cards


Marie Nammour

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Published: Wed 28 Jun 2017, 9:57 PM

Last updated: Wed 28 Jun 2017, 11:58 PM

An unemployed man allegedly defrauded a bank and another financial institutions of more than Dh223,000 after he obtained two credit cards using forged documents, the Court of First Instance was told.
The Emirati man, 34, is accused of forging a salary certificate, a passport copy and a cheque in the name of a relative. He used the forged copies to fill in two credit cards applications in the name of the same man (victim). He allegedly managed to defraud the two sides of Dh 223,343 by using the credit cards.
He has been charged with fraud, forgery and use of forged documents.
The case dates back to between June and December 2015 and was registered at Bur Dubai police station.
The victim, a 41-year-old soldier, said he learned in February and May last year that the accused got two credit cards in his name. "I received a notification on my mobile phone that a sum was withdrawn from my current bank account. When I checked with the bank, I was told the transaction was processed through a financial institution.
"I checked with that institution and learned a credit card with a Dh100,000 limit was issued in my name. I denied having applied for that credit card and requested to be shown the application form and documents submitted to get that card, but my request was rejected," the victim told the prosecutor.
In May 2016, he was contacted by a bank and told that he had failed to settle Dh 75,000 worth of dues on his credit card. "I visited their branch and denied having applied for that card. When I was shown a passport copy, falsely attributed to me, I saw the photo of the defendant. The copy was forged and its details were totally falsified. I was also shown a forged salary certificate the accused had presented to the bank in addition to an Emirates ID copy," the victim said.
A report by the Criminal Evidence Department said a cheque used and signed by the accused was not issued by the victim. It bore the latter's signature faked by the defendant. The accused faked the victim's signature also on the applications forms to get the credit cards.
Letters from the two sides that issued the cards revealed the names of the employees who had processed the transactions. One of them is an Indian and is no longer working with the financial institution.

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