MORE than 970 cases of fraud, including those involving dud cheques, were reported last year, according to an official.
“The economic crimes unit received 789 cases in 2015 and 975 in 2016,” said cyber crimes and anti-corruption unit head Lieutenant Colonel Hussein Salman Matar.
“These cases included suspects presenting their victims with dud cheques in connection with fraud and embezzlement or fraudulently collecting money without a licence,” he said during a media interview.
A person issuing a dud cheque can face a jail sentence or a fine, or a combination of both.
“Several people are repeat offenders in issuing dud cheques.
“We co-ordinate with the Central Bank of Bahrain to place them on a blacklist.
“The banks then confiscate their (suspects’) cheque books and their accounts are frozen for a year.
“They are sent to the Public Prosecution and then referred to specialised courts.
“The officials at the Interior Ministry receive training in dealing with such cases; they also take part in several workshops to increase their awareness.”
Lt Col Matar emphasised the importance of checking out a person’s “reputation” before issuing or accepting cheques. He said people should also be careful where they keep their cheque books.