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Saudi: 3 Expats Prosecuted for Fraud by Smuggling Banned Devices

Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution has charged 3 expatriates with financial fraud, for committing fraud by using prohibited devices that were smuggled from neighbouring countries.

An official source at the Public Prosecution has stated that the investigation procedures revealed the three involved had extracted SIM cards and passed the calls in an irregular manner. They committed several financial fraud crimes by using devices smuggled to Saudi Arabia from neighbouring countries.

He said that they found 220 SIM cards while inspecting their houses, in addition to 170 activated SIM cards, a device used to activate the SIM cards on fake device numbers, as well as 3 transmitters to convert international numbers into local numbers, a device that distributes communication lines, and many papers containing the activation dates of the SIM cards.

The 3 expatriates have been arrested, and referred to the competent court in order to demand the penalties prescribed in Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Financial Fraud and Breach of Trust Law.

The source has stressed the prohibition on behaviours that would defraud and steal people’s money, which is considered to be subject to strict criminal accountability.


Saudi Gazette

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