LAHORE: Gulberg police have arrested a schoolteacher for spending Rs100,000 in a seven-hour shopping spree on a stolen credit card.
Anisur Rehman, the complainant, said his daughter had lost her credit card at a private school in Gulberg where she teaches. Askari Bank later alerted him to irregular activity on the card.
According to the bank details, the accused, Fatima, started her spending spree at around 2:15pm on January 27, spending Rs96 at a bakery. She later bought a computer for Rs35,000 and spent Rs10,660 at Alhafeez Mobile in Hafeez Centre. She ended up spending around Rs100,000 at various stores in Gulberg before the bank started declining transactions at around 9pm.
Rehman said he managed to get CCTV footage from Alhafeez Mobile showing Fatima shopping at the store. “We confirmed that it was her and then informed the police,” he said. SI Rizwan said that on January 31, Fatima was summoned to a “special meeting” at the school where police arrived to arrest her. He said she was being held in Race Course police station and had confessed.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2011.