Police bust forgery syndicate and detain 33 Indonesians

PUTRAJAYA: A forgery syndicate was busted by the authorities after 33 Indonesians were detained in five separate raids in Klang and Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur.

Deputy Immigration director-general (operations) Mohamad Fauzi Md Isa said the syndicate forged various documents using fake chops from the department.

“Their clients are mainly Indonesians who wanted to return to their country,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

Among those arrested were three men, believed to be syndicate members, aged between 38 and 41, a 25-year-old man acting as the runner and two children aged two.

The syndicate, said Fauzi, would advertise using pamphlets and middlemen to get their clients, adding that some 500 Indonesians were believed to have sought the services since the syndicate started operating a year ago.

The syndicate would charge between RM100 and RM1,500 for each application, depending on the kind of service needed.

Among the items seized were 18 Immigration stamps, 20 stamps for departure, five fake special pass stamps, five pieces of fake special Indonesian passes, 62 stamps for departure/entry from Indonesia, China, Singapore and Thailand, 33 Indonesian passports, 23 travel letters, 36 fake Covid-19 results and two fake Health Ministry letters.

Fauzi said all the passports and travel letters seized would be sent to the Indonesian embassy for verification.

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