(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A sales executive, who availed of telecommunication services in a fraudulent way that generated bills totalling Dh596,881, has been sentenced to six months in jail.
Public prosecution records show the Egyptian executive, 36, forged 198 application forms for SIM cards and 35 other forms for smart phones in the names of various corporates and individuals on documents he faked others' signatures on.
The wrongdoings lasted from January 2015 to September 2016. The court found him guilty of embezzlement of public funds, forgery and use of fake e-documents and unlawfully availing of telecom services. It ordered him to pay a fine worth the money he embezzled and that he be deported after completing the terms of his sentence.
The defendant had been working for a company, which was in a contractual relation with the telecom firm. His job was to verify the customers' original documents and after accepting and processing the applications, to stamp them with the telecom firm's seal, then enter the data in the system and collect the due fees. Prosecution records show the defendant abused his post and issued 198 applications for post -paid numbers and 35 other applications for smart phones. He entered details in the e- system in the names of various corporates and individuals with forged signatures.
He used his access privilege and fraudulently availed of the services. "We found many applications were done and issued without payment of the necessary dues," an audit expert told the prosecutor.