Kuching cops cripple fake money syndicate headed by 16-year-old

ADIB POVERA




KUCHING: Police believe they have crippled a fake money-printing syndicate with the arrest of a 16-year-old school dropout and his three accomplices.

The four suspects were picked up by police at three separate locations in Kuching, Matang and Petra Jaya here, between March 24 and March 30. Police also confiscated RM38,000 worth of counterfeit notes when they arrested the suspects, aged between 16 and 33.

State Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Superintendent Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah said one of the four suspects had previously been arrested for the same offence. The 33-year-old man, who is unemployed, was released after serving his sentence in Dec last year.

"Preliminary investigation showed that the group had been printing fake RM100 notes since June last year. They had used the counterfeit notes (to purchase goods and services) for their own consumption.

"They only used the forged notes at restaurants and grocery shops which lacked fake note detector machines," Mustafa told reporters during a press conference at the Sarawak police headquarters here yesterday.

All suspects have been remanded under Section 489B and 489C of the Penal Code for printing and possessing fake notes, pending police investigation into the case.