(MENAFN - Arab News) The administrative court in jeddah has sentenced an arab expat to a one-year prison term for forging a university degree a local newspaper reported.
the arab expat whose nationality was undisclosed was also fined sr3000 for the crime he committed.
the perpetrator was reportedly working as a salesman and possessed a diploma in commerce from his native country. he attempted to apply for a family visa however his application was rejected because diploma carriers are not allowed to bring their family to the kingdom. faced with rejection the arab national resorted to forging a university degree to become eligible to apply for a family visa.
a group of his countrymen promised they would forge a university degree for him from a reputable university in return for sr5000 with the attestation from the saudi embassy.
when he presented the forged certificate to the authorities for the family visa application he was asked to authenticate the stamps at the ministry of foreign affairs.
the ministry officials immediately noticed the stamps were forged and notified the authorities to arrest him.
he admitted that the university degree was forged and said he only intended to falsify the certificate in order to bring his wife and children to the kingdom.