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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 16 November 2018

UAE

Fraudster forged passport to secure Dh600,000 bank loan, court hears

Accused is already serving time for two bank frauds
A jailed fraudster is facing new court charges after being accused of faking identification documents to obtain Dh600,000 in loans from Emirates NBD bank

A fraudster jailed for using fake identification documents to apply for credit cards is back in court - accused of forging a passport to secure a Dh600,000 loan.

The 22-year-old trickster is serving a three-year sentence for falsely obtaining credit cards with balances of more than Dh50,000 each from Dubai First Bank and Standard Chartered bank.

He faces new fraud charges after a case dating back to 2014 came to light following an audit.

The defendant, from Pakistan, is accused of forging a passport, adding his name and picture, to apply for a personal loan, a car loan and a credit card from an Emirates NBD branch in Dubai.

Prosecutors said he also forged the residency stamp on his fake passport, a work identification card attributed to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and a driving licence, all of which were submitted to obtain the bank loans.

Court records stated that the falsified documents contained the defendant's picture but the personal information of someone else.

He denied charges of forgery, use of forged documents and fraudulently obtaining Dh594,305.

The defendant told judges he only took the money but that it was not him who had altered the documents.

“I worked on his application after he provided me with the documents which were all originals not copies,” said a bank employee, 31.

The bank’s auditor told the court he discovered the scam after being called by the bank’s administration over a query regarding the defendant’s application.

During questioning, the accused admitted to receiving the forged documents from a compatriot but he did not disclose what he had done with the loan amount once it was approved.

The defendant was convicted in July of last year of using forged documents to apply for credit cards from Dubai First Bank and Standard Chartered with a balance of Dh54,000 each.

He will be deported at the end of his sentence.

The next hearing in the case is on October 2.

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