The Criminal Court has sentenced an Indian national over cloning a cash card and making about half a million in fake payments.
The Indian national Surendra Kumar Jaiswal was charged with theft by deception.
He was convicted of cloning a VISA card issued by the Bank of Africa and using the fake card to pay for a Tourist Submarine invoice from Cypra Hotels to Tourist Submarine Maldives using the online method from a POS machine as well as making a deceptive payment of USD 31800.
Although he had initially denied all charges and even submitted a local's name to testify on his behalf, he later confessed in court. Additionally, the defendant asked to grant a fine instead of jail time and also asked the state not to oppose the request.
However, the state did not fully support all the submissions by the defendant and did not agree to change to a fine instead of jail time.
The Court also did not accept the request and as Jaiswal was found guilty f theft by deception, he was sentenced to one year, six months and six days of jail time