Woman 'uses friend's insurance for child's Dh188,000 therapy' in Dubai

Woman uses friends insurance for childs Dh188,000 therapy in Dubai

Dubai - Indian woman confessed she had handed the documents over to the other woman "out of good will".


Marie Nammour

Published: Wed 9 Jan 2019, 1:46 PM

Last updated: Wed 9 Jan 2019, 3:49 PM

A 28-year-old Nepali housewife allegedly misused her friend's child's insurance card and Emirates ID to get her own daughter admitted to a hospital, a Dubai court has heard. The defendant has been charged with fraud as she stood trial at the Court of First Instance.

Her friend, a 33-year-old Indian woman, is accused of aiding and abetting the fraud and misusing her daughter's documents. During a Dubai Health Authority (DHA) probe, the friend admitted to helping the main defendant, but claimed she was "shocked" that the treatment costs reached Dh188,000.

The case dates back to April 29 last year and was registered at Al Muraqqabat police station.

An administrative officer at the hospital said that the Nepali woman went with her daughter on the day of incident. "The daughter had fever and got admitted to the emergency section. It became clear later that the girl had leukaemia and needed chemical therapy. She took the chemical sessions until July 2018."

The administrative officer added that they learnt later from the medical insurance company that the first defendant used the insurance card and ID of the second defendant's daughter. The legal affairs department at the DHA was then notified.

The two women were summoned. The Indian woman confessed she had handed the documents over to the other woman "out of good will". She said she wanted to help her friend as she arrived on a tourist visa with her daughter and they had no medical insurance.

"She claimed before the legal affairs department that she had first given the defendant the insurance card and ID on April 29 but was not aware that the other woman copied them and used them later for her daughter's medical check-ups. She was shocked to learn that the treatment costs reached Dh 188,000 and admitted that the girl was not her daughter," the witness told the prosecutor.

An employee at the hospital said that the second accused went to the hospital on June 25, 2018, and showed passports and Emirates IDs of their family (father, mother and their daughter). "She claimed that the girl getting treatment there was not her daughter. The insurance company then stopped covering the treatment and the hospital took legal action."

The trial will continue on February 6.


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