Woman linked to major fake medical cert syndicate held

fake-med-cert-detainIPOH: Police have detained a woman believed to be linked to a syndicate which sold fake medical leave certificates (MC).

The 33-year-old suspect was picked up at a stationery shop in Jalan Medan Niaga Pasar, Slim River, near Tanjung Malim last night.

Perak Commercial CID chief Supt Lee Ewe Kiang said the woman was nabbed at 7.15pm.

He said initial investigations revealed the woman had used MCs purportedly obtained from clinics and hospitals, including the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru.

She was believed to have been involved in the activity since 2011.

“Those wanting an MC sent an SMS (short messaging service) to the suspect, along with their personal details and were charged between RM18 and RM25.

“From our investigations, it was also found that the suspect had been using the original rubber stamps and signatures of eight doctors from the clinics and hospitals involved,” Lee told a press conference at the Sungai Senam police station here today.

Lee said one of the eight doctors (whose name appeared on the fake MCs) had lodged a police report at the Slim River police station on April 12, denying any involvement in the syndicate after learning his name was used.

He said that during the suspect’s arrest, police seized four exercise books containing customers’ names, 64 fake MCs, 20 rubber stamps and a mobile phone.

Lee said investigations also revealed that customers who bought the fake MCs comprised those working in government agencies and the private sector, factory workers as well as university students around the Tanjung Malim area.

The suspect has been remanded for four days, beginning today.