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Chinese man accused of withdrawing thousands of dinars using stolen, forged cards.

A MAN allegedly withdrew thousands of dinars in Bahrain using 19 stolen and forged credit cards, a court heard.

The 37-year-old Chinese national is standing trial at the High Criminal Court in connection with forgery.

A detective described how his confidential informants provided him with information which led to the arrest of the suspect.

The defendant allegedly used a card reader to forge credit and debit cards which he then used to withdraw cash in Dubai and Bahrain in January.

Authorities confiscated more than BD1,283 and 1,185 Emirati dirhams in cash, along with 13 Chinese bank cards and seven identification cards from the defendant's vehicle.

"We received information from several banks that forged credit cards were being used at ATMs in Bahrain," the 35-year-old Bahraini detective told judges.

"I carried out an investigation and information provided by my secret sources led to the identification of the suspect.

"In addition, we gathered CCTV footage from ATM surveillance cameras which showed the defendant in the process of using the forged cards.

"On searching his place we found a card reader, a laptop and a mobile phone.

"Through the investigation we discovered that he was using the card reader to forge the card information and then use them to withdraw cash.

"He admitted during questioning that he would take 15 per cent of the cash and send the rest to his partner in China."

He denied the charges in court, but claimed during questioning at the Public Prosecution that while living in Dubai he stumbled upon the con job through WeChat, a Chinese messaging, social media and mobile payment application.

He added in his statement that his employer promised him 15pc of each transaction and claimed the cards belonged to other Chinese nationals.

He was arrested after authorities were alerted to a number of forged cards being retained by ATMs around Bahrain.

Court documents showed the defendant attempted to withdraw cash using eight different cards at six ATMs in Bahrain, but only managed to get money from three cards as the others were retained by the machines.

An employee from a bank earlier told prosecutors that they flagged the defendant after the five debit cards issued by Chinese banks were retained by ATMs on January 6, 7 and 8 this year.

The trial was adjourned until September 18 for a cross-examination of the witnesses, while further remanding the defendant in police custody.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Geographic Code:7BAHR
Date:Aug 15, 2019
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