Saudi jailed for fraud on trial again




A SAUDI already jailed for 15 years for fraud is standing trial again in connection with three similar cases.

The 41-year-old allegedly targeted low-income Asian workers waiting to withdraw cash from ATM machines.

He offered to help them, but then switched their debit cards with fake ones before emptying their bank accounts, according to prosecutors. A bank employee reported him to police and he was arrested in Nuwaidrat.

However, he refused to show up at the High Criminal Court for the first hearing for the new cases yesterday. He earlier pleaded not guilty to fraud and theft at the Public Prosecution.

‘I didn’t use their ATM cards even though I admit doing that before with other people,’ he told prosecutors.

‘I come to Bahrain to hang out in malls, drink alcohol and I steal from people when I spend all my money.

‘I stalk Asians and pretend to go there to use my card and take advantage of them when they ask me for help because I know they don’t know how to use ATM machines.

‘However, I don’t know about the guys who accused me this time and I don’t remember doing it.’

One of the victims, a 38-year-old Bangladeshi, claimed the suspect swapped his card with another one belonging to another victim.

‘I saw an Arabic man standing next to an ATM machine in Al Alawi Mall in Nuwaidrat while I was trying to deposit money,’ he said.

‘I asked him for help and he did not hesitate and I deposited the money, but then he asked me to insert my password again to check if the process was completed.

‘He said it was completed and took it out from the machine by himself.

‘I thanked him and we both left, but after 10 minutes I received an SMS from the bank stating that BD300 had been withdrawn from my account.

‘I immediately took my card out of my wallet and realised it belonged to someone else.’

The Saudi is also accused of deceiving a 31-year-old Bangladeshi while checking his bank account, as well as stealing BD40 from an Indian man while withdrawing money.

Judges adjourned the case until January 14.

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