Indian gets jail, deportation for stealing Nojoom points

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In a bizarre kind of theft, an Indian driver has been convicted of stealing Nojoom points belonging to his employer.

Doha Criminal Court has sentenced the man to one year in jail and subsequent deportation, local media reported.

Nojoom is the loyalty programme offered by Qatar-based telecommunications company Ooredoo. Through the programme, customers earn points based on how much they spend with Ooredoo.

These points can then be converted into rewards including Ooredoo credits, Qatar Airways Qmiles, Cinema Tickets and vouchers that can be redeemed at partner outlets.

According to Arabic daily Arrayah,  the Indian driver stole Nojoom points worth more than QR10,000 from the manager of the company, where he used to work as a driver.

The employer used to trust the defendant due to his decade-long history at the company, so he entrusted him with his account details.

As the driver was fluent in Arabic, he managed to transfer the points to his own account using the ID number of his employer. Then, he used the points for his own benefit.

The issue was reported to the police and though the defendant admitted his guilt, he denied the confession in the court.

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The defendant will be deported to his home country after one year of in jail.

– Published on: 17 October 2016

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