PUTRAJAYA: Immigration authorities have crippled a syndicate believed to have sold fake UNHCR cards to tens of thousands of Myanmar nationals here.
After two months of surveillance work, authorities raided two business premises at Jalan Lebuh Pudu on Aug 4 and arrested 16 foreigners – 15 from Myanmar and a Bangladeshi.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said items seized include 13 forged Immigration cards, 35 fake UNHCR cards, six fake UNHCR letters, laptops, printers and lamination machines.
"We believe that the syndicate, which has been operating for two years, has sold fake UNHCR cards to close to 30,000 people.
"This is based on our surveillance where they had 30 to 50 customers a day," he said at a press conference on Wednesday (Aug 5).
Khairul said based on investigations, the syndicate charges between RM30 and RM150 for each fake document.
"The syndicate offered customers in the Klang Valley same-day delivery. We also found out that the syndicate serves customers nationwide with fake UNHCR cards sent via courier services," he said.
All suspects have been detained at the Immigration depot at Lenggeng, Negri Sembilan while investigations are ongoing.
Khairul said aside from investigating the activities of the syndicate under the Immigration Act, cooperation with the police would allow for probe to be conducted under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act.
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