JOHOR BARU: A 35-year-old man has been arrested for selling hundreds of fake medical certificates (MCs) in the past year.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said that when the man was nabbed at 2.26pm at a photography shop in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah on Feb 17, they found 10 false MCs in his pocket.
“When police raided the shop, we found another 162 MCs,” he said at the state police headquarters here yesterday.
DCP Mohd Mokhtar said they also seized 13 rubber stamps of doctors from several public hospitals.
“Although the man had used the names of actual doctors, we have confirmed that none are involved in selling the fake MCs.
“Six of these doctors are still serving at the Johor Baru General Hospital while the others have been transferred,” he said, adding that the police were still trying to determine how many fake MCs had been sold by the man.
DCP Mohd Mokhtar said the MCs were sold for RM25 each, which would then be filled with the dates and other particulars by the “patients”.
“The case has been classified under Section 468/471 of the Penal Code for forgery, which carries a fine and up to seven years in jail,” he said.
Those who bought the fake MCs, added DCP Mohd Mokhtar, could also be charged under Section 471 of the Penal Code for dishonestly using them to claim sick leave.
“They can be jailed up to two years or fined or both,” he said.
DCP Mohd Mokhtar said police also arrested a 44-year-old man on Feb 13 and confiscated RM420,000 worth of contraband cigarettes in Kg Chabong, Segamat, here.
“We are still investigating the source of the contraband cigarettes and to whom the man was planning to sell them to,” he said, adding that 6,700 cartons and two lorries were seized.
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