Storekeeper held over fake MCs

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  • Friday, 20 Aug 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: A spare-parts company storekeeper is the latest found to be involved in the fake medical chit scam. 

The 21-year-old man was sacked by his company after they found out that all the Kuala Lumpur Hospital medical certificates that he produced over a four-month period were fakes. 

The company, which operates in Jalan Pudu, sacked him last month after they verified with the hospital that six MCs submitted between February and June were fakes. 

The man, who allegedly bought the MCs for several ringgit, was arrested at his house in Cheras by officers from the city commercial crimes unit late yesterday evening. He is expected to be charged at the magistrate court here today. 

His arrest brings to nine the number of people detained in connection with the forged MC-for-sale scam.  

It is learnt that the company officials suspected something amiss and decided to check with the hospital when they noticed the man taking sick leave almost every month.  

Earlier this week, two employees of the Federal Territory Welfare Department were arrested for allegedly using their department’s photocopy machine to “produce” forged Kuala Lumpur Hospital 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 then sold them to others for between RM10 and RM20 each. 

Among those still in detention are an employee of the hospital, a car jockey and a few City Hall workers, who were all arrested in a series of raids around the city.  

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