PUTRAJAYA – The Immigration Department of Malaysia has arrested a man believed to be the mastermind behind the largest documents forgery syndicate in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Known as ‘Professor’, the man was arrested about 1.30 a.m. by a team of Immigration officers.
After the arrest, the ‘Professor’ led the Immigration officers to a residence in Ampang, which was believed to be used as a laboratory to process various fake documents.
According to the Director-General of Immigration, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali, the Immigration team also arrested another man believed to be the right wing man of the ‘professor’.
The ‘Professor’ and his right wing man are Bangladeshi in their 30’s, who are believed to have been falsifying and selling the documents for quite some time.
“We have set up trap with a Bangladeshi to meet the ‘Professor’ at an undisclosed location at Kuala Lumpur.
“After waiting for almost seven hours, the ‘Professor’ arrived to the venue as promiser. The Immigration Department arrested and searched the ‘Professor’ upon his arrival.
“During the search, we found a Temporary Working Visit Pass (TWVP) sticker and two Construction Personnel Registration Cards (CIDB) suspected to be fake,” he said during a media conference at the Main Meeting Room of the Immigration headquarters in Putrajaya.
According Mustafa, they found 229 false stickers, ranging from TWVP, student passes and social visit passes in the raid at a residential premise in Ampang.
They also found 23 Malaysia Visa Sticker, 196 CIDB cards, 15 E-Cards, six i-Cards, 13 Bangladesh passports, four printers, two units of scanners and one unit of card printer estimated to cost RM8,000.
They also seized one set of desktops and three units of laptops, 13 fake Bangladesh Embassy stamps, 28 sets of laminating films, 16 Bangladesh passport covers, 1 unit of sticker puncher, 1,400 empty unprinted cards, one unit of paper cutter and cash amounting RM11,480 kept in two separate rooms within the premise.
“We the arrest of these two men, we believe that we have found and seized the biggest forgery documents so far.
“Based on the investigations, the suspects have been conducting these activities for over a year and they are earning about RM50,000 to RM70,000 monthly.
“They operate via the viber application and their customers only need to send them a copy of their passport and photo in their modus operandi,” he said.
He said, the process of making a false E-Card only takes five minutes while the fake passport takes two hours.
Mustafa said, after the E-Card or passport is done, it will be delivered at a time and venue determined by the suspect.
“They usually make the delivery in LRT stations around Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. Most of their clients are from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and India,” he said.
The ‘professor’ and his wing man will be charged under Section 56 (1)(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Section 12(1)(a) of Passport Act.
Upon conviction, they can be fined not more than RM10,000 or face imprisonment of not more than five years of both.
Mustafa said, he believed that the syndicate has been conducting the illegal activities for some time based on the equipment found in the residence.
“Last March, we have busted the biggest syndicate which ran the same operations in Kuala Lumpur.
“We will continue to hunt other syndicates to curb the situation from demeaning the department and the sovereignty of the country,” he said. – MalaysiaGazette