Urgent | Expat roaming under false identity for 19 years


An expatriate impersonated a female citizen for 19 years, and her impersonation was revealed after one of her female relatives reported her following family disputes between them. A woman contacted the concerned authorities and told her that there was a non-Saudi woman with a false identity, without providing any evidence about the issue at first.

malicious case

Immediately, the notified competent authority informed that the case would turn “malicious” and “disturb the authorities”, and that it would be punished if its report was false, forcing it to confirm that it bears the consequences if it was the opposite of what it mentioned.

The impersonated immigrant was summoned, and she was interrogated about her age, and she mentioned an age that did not match the date of birth of the identity card holder. After more than an hour of interrogating her and her contradictions, and the investigator delving into every contradiction that came out of her, she broke down in tears, then admitted that she was not the owner of the identity.

Fraud details

The expatriate revealed details of fraud that lasted about 19 years, and the truth emerged that her deceased husband was a Saudi national, and he was married to her sister, and they lived together in Saudi Arabia, and her sister obtained Saudi citizenship later, and then fell seriously ill, which led to her returning to her country of origin, and she died there with her family, Then her husband married that expatriate after the death of her sister, and entered the kingdom with her as her sister, so she took her name and personality, and lived for 19 years on that, while only those close to her knew this fact, and so the plagiarism continued until one of her relatives showed it as a result of a personal dispute between them.

case diversion

A criminal case was filed to transfer the case to the court on charges of using a forged document, because she had used her sister’s identity throughout that period, which was stipulated in Article “19” of the penal system for forgery crimes, while the forgery was dropped as stipulated in Article “27” of the same system. Because of the statute of limitations, 10 years after the occurrence of forgery and her participation in it, and the lapse of the general criminal case on behalf of her husband, due to his death, as stipulated in Article 22 of the Code of Criminal Procedures.

Forgery occurs in one of the following ways:

– Making a document, seal, mark or stamp that has no original, imitated or distorted from the original.

– Include in the document a seal, signature, fingerprint, mark or stamp, which is not original, imitated or distorted from the original.

– Include in the editor a valid signature or a valid fingerprint, obtained either by deception.

– Alteration or distortion of a document, seal, mark or stamp, whether this occurs by way of addition, deletion or substitution, or partial destruction of the document that changes its content.

– Change a profile picture in the editor, or replace someone else’s picture with it.

– Inclusion in the editor of an incorrect fact by making it appear to be a true fact, or leaving the editor to include a fact that the perpetrator knew that it must be included in it.

– Changing the acknowledgment of the concerned parties whose purpose of editing the document was to include it in it.

– Misuse of a blank signature or fingerprint that has been entrusted to them.

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