Dubai: A travel consultant has been accused of forging two e-visas and emailing them to a woman and her mother, who had planned to visit Dubai last year.
The 25-year-old Filipina consultant, C.C., who worked as a travel consultant for a tourism agency, was said to have forged two electronic tourism visas and sent them by email to her countrywoman, D.R., then embezzled their cost of Dh6,100 in December.
Prosecutors accused C.C. of forging the tourism visa applications and embezzling the revenues from the agency.
Jail wardens did not bring the suspect from her confinement and produce her before the Dubai Court of First Instance where she was scheduled to enter a plea on Wednesday.
D.R. testified to prosecutors that she visited the travel agency where she met C.C. and applied for two visas to fly her mother and sister to Dubai.
“I asked her to book two-way tickets for my mother and sister and to issue them visit visas. I provided her with the documents that she requested and paid her Dh6,100. In January, the defendant emailed me photocopies of the visas and claimed that she sent the original to the Philippines,” she claimed.
C.C. was cited admitting to prosecutors that she forged the visas and kept the money for herself.
Presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi adjourned the case until the suspect is brought from her detention when the court reconvenes next week.
This is the second case of its kind against the same defendant.
In the other case C.C. admitted in court that she embezzled Dh64,000 through forging e-visas. She confessed that she printed out a number of authentic tourist visa forms [obtained from Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs online system], made photocopies and tampered with the tourists’ details on them before sending them to potential tourists.
She will be sentenced in the second case on May 28.