Perak police bust syndicate selling fake MCs to civil servants, students

INTAN BAHA



IPOH: State police yesterday arrested a woman behind a syndicate selling fake medical leave certificates which used the names of several government hospitals and clinics here.

Perak Commercial Crime Investigations Department (CCID) chief Superintendent Lee Ewe Kiang said police received a tip-off about the woman, who was selling fake medical certificates (MCs) out of a stationery shop at Slim River, near here, and raided the premises.

''At about 7.15pm on Monday, a team from the CCID Perak Ipoh Contingent Headquarters inspected the premises at Jalan Medan Niaga Pasar, Slim River, based on information from the public and intelligence gathered for about a week.

''We found the 33-year-old woman at the shop and detained her for further investigation. She will be remanded for four days beginning Monday,'' Lee told reporters at a press conference at the Sungai Senam police station, yesterday.

Police said the woman’s modus operandi was receiving text messages from clients who would provide her their details, which would then be entered into a photocopied MC template. The clients would collect the MCs later, upon their completion.

“(She) charged between RM18 and RM25 (per MC).

“It is believed that the syndicate began in 2011, and clients consisted of civil servants, employees of factories, as well as students from a nearby higher learning institution.

''Most of the certificates issued were forgeries of MCs from several government hospitals and clinics, including the Slim River Hospital, the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru and Klinik Kesihatan Slim River,'' Lee said.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years, whipping and a fine, upon conviction.