MC scam - two more arrested

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  • Wednesday, 18 Aug 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: Two employees of the Federal Territory Welfare Department have been arrested for allegedly utilising their department’s photocopy machine to “produce” forged Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) medical certificates (MCs). 

The office assistants, aged 22 and 23, are believed to have produced hundreds of fake MCs and sold them for as low as RM3 per piece to middlemen who sold them to others for between RM10 and RM20 each. 

Officers from the city commercial crimes unit picked the two up at their office in Jalan Masjid India at about 11am on Monday.  

This brings to eight the number of people arrested in connection with the forged-MCs-for-sale scam. Among the others under detention are a HKL employee, a car jockey and a few City Hall workers who were arrested in a series of raids around the city.  

Sources said the two suspects had been keeping their overheads low as besides using the photocopy machine, they also used the brownish paper supplied to government departments for letters to make their MC’s look authentic. 

“Most of the time they carry out the photocopying during lunch breaks and after office hours to avoid suspicion,” sources said, adding that the two have been involved in the business since last year. Both have been remanded until Aug 20. 

City police commercial crimes chief Superintendent Mohd Shariff Wahid confirmed the arrest of the two men. 

Last week, The Star reported that police had smashed a syndicate that sold forged MCs via the short messaging service (SMS) and another that operated by word of mouth. 

They have arrested six members of at least three syndicates.  

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