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Posted On: 8 June 2010 02:43 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Two men get five-year jail sentence for forgery

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Two Lebanese men have been sentenced to five-year imprisonment and subsequent deportation for forging two passports and a salary certificate to get a bank loan. The Doha court of first instance heard that the duo were former bank employees and that they had been placed under suspension for alleged manipulation of salary statements of the bank’s agents. According to the chargesheet, “the two accused -- aged 29 and 26 -- pasted their names and photographs on a Georgian and a Canadian passport and presented them to a bank in Doha while applying for a loan of QR500,000”. Along with the passports, they also presented forged documents to prove that they were employed by a private company, the chargesheet said. The fraud came to light when the bank called the “employer” for verification and learnt that the “applicants” did not work for them. In co-ordination with the police, the bank officials pretended sanctioning the loan and asked the two men to come over and collect the money. On their arrival at the bank, they were arrested. They were bailed out later but failed to attend the trial. The convicts can challenge the ruling.