KUALA LUMPUR: A syndicate selling fake medical certificates (MCs) has been crippled by police.
An alert assistant administration officer at the City Health Department spotted a fake certificate after a staff member submitted it in February.
City police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim (pic) said police began investigations after getting a report from the woman on April 12.
“In her report, she claimed that she received the certificate from her staff for Feb 11 and 12 and felt something was amiss.
“She called the hospital for verification and found that the MC was a fake,” he told reporters yesterday.
Comm Mazlan said police questioned the staff member and investigations revealed that he paid RM25 for the MC from a third party.
“We conducted follow-up operations between April 22 and 27 and arrested five men and a woman, and raided three houses in Pandan Indah, Ampang and Cheras.
“We found 216 doctor stamps, 4,631 MC slips, 257 MC booklets and receipt books.
“We also seized five mobile phones, a computer and a portable hard drive,” he said, adding that investigations revealed the syndicate had been active since 2017.
Comm Mazlan said the woman arrested was believed to be in charge of printing the MC booklets, while one of the men arrested was believed to be in charge of marketing their services.
“Our investigations revealed that the syndicate would sell the MCs to a middle man for between RM10 and RM15.
“The middle man then receives orders via telephone and would deliver the MC for between RM25 and RM30 each.
“The service was made known by word of mouth,” he said, adding that police were now investigating how many MCs were sold so far.
He said two of the male suspects and the woman have been released on bail while the others have been remanded.