Credit card fraudster caught out when buying watches

First published: 01-10-2009

Sometimes, people have such a need to buy watches that they will seek any means to do so.

Unluckily for fraudster Ali Chalhoub, a restaurant manager from Portsmouth, his desire to invest in a £5,000 Rolex watch for himself, as well as a £4,500 Rolex watch for a female, ended in tears after it was discovered his credit card was false, the Portsmouth News reported.

With the dodgy card, he invested in the watches and then had the nerve to return to the store with a different card in another name to get some more booty, only to be recognised and apprehended 100 yards away by waiting police officers following his attempt to leg it.

To underline a level of seeming arrogance, Mr Chalhoub was also wearing the men's Rolex he purchased only days previously.

Mr Chalhoub was given a 12-week sentence suspended for 12 months by Portsmouth Crown Court, as well as ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service and £500 in costs.

Rolex is perhaps the most imitated brand of watch in the world and was founded in Geneva by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905.

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