KUALA LUMPUR: Police here have smashed a syndicate that sold forged medical certificates (MCs) via the short messaging service (SMS) and another that operated by word of mouth.
They have arrested three members of the two syndicates, which had sold more than 1,000 forged Kuala Lumpur Hospital MCs to civil servants and employees in the private sector.
Two of the three men a City Hall officer and his brother-in-law were members of a Pantai Dalam syndicate while the third was a member of a syndicate based in Cheras.
They were detained after a report was made by the hospital.
It is learnt that a police team, led by Insp N. Palani, also seized a forged medical certificate booklet complete with the doctors signature, rubber stamp of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital and several other documents.
City police commercial crimes chief Supt Mohd Shariff Wahid confirmed the arrest and seizure but declined to elaborate because investigations are still in progress.
Sources said a senior officer of the hospitals outpatient treatment department lodged a police report on July 1 after several companies and government agencies contacted it almost daily to verify the number of sick-leave days stated in their workers MCs.
According to the sources, the hospital authorities carried out a check and found that the serial numbers on the forged MCs were not among those in their inventory.
Police investigations revealed that those wanting an MC from the Pantai Dalam syndicate had to send an SMS to the City Hall officer or his brother-in-law, who worked in a tyre factory.
The client had to provide his name, description of himself and his vehicle number for the MC to be handed over at a pre-arranged place.
The sources said the Pantai Dalam syndicate sold the MCs at RM20 per sick-leave day and RM30 for two days, and charged more for longer periods.
However, the days of leave granted were restricted to avoid suspicion by the employers.
The Cheras syndicate, which operated by word of mouth, on the other hand, did not set a limit on the number of leave days required, issuing its clients blank MCs.
The sources said the syndicate sold the MCs for as low as RM10, and the buyers had to fill in their name, number of days required and sign it on behalf of the doctor.
The syndicates were said to have promoted their service through agents in government offices and private companies.
Police have not ruled out the possibility of people in the hospital being involved in the scam.
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