JOHOR BAHRU: Police have detained four men and crippled a syndicate producing fake medical certificates (MCs), which resembled those issued by the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA).
The suspects, aged between 28 and 37, were picked up in raids conducted between May 3 and 5 at Tampoi, Kampung Melayu Majidee, Taman Bukit Kempas and Taman Desa Johor Bahru.
Two of the suspects worked as restaurant assistants while the rest worked at an air-conditioning company and a printing outlet.
Johor Commercial CID chief ACP Mohd Salleh Abdullah said the syndicate sold fake MCs for RM25 each and was believed to have been active for a year.
“The syndicate was uncovered when an employer came to HSA to verify an MC.
“The hospital found that the MC was forged based on the serial number and hospital records.
“Initial investigations revealed the syndicate had sold MCs to those working at government departments and the private sector in Johor Bahru and Singapore.
“We believe this is the largest case of fraud involving fake MCs reported by the HSA,” he told a press conference at the state police contingent headquarters here today.
Salleh said police seized equipment and items believed to have been used to produce the fake MCs, including doctors’ stamps, apart from a plastic packet containing ganja, four mobile phones and a Proton Persona car.