PUTRAJAYA: A Myanmar man had amassed more than half a million ringgit in the last four years making fake travel papers and passports.
With his illegal earnings of RM18,000 a month, the 38-year-old man had also lived lavishly at his luxury condominium in Bandar Tasik Selatan with his Malaysian wife.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud revealed this at a press conference here yesterday.
The man’s expertise was duplicating passports and immigration documents that even authorities admit appeared “60% authentic”.
Known in his circle as “Rockers” due to his long hair, the counterfeiter’s stint eventually came to an end last weekend, when immigration authorities caught him in a special ops.
“The suspect was about to meet a client near Kota Raya shopping centre in Jalan Tun Perak when he was apprehended by officers from the intelligence and special operations division,” said Khairul Dzaimee.
“The suspect later led the team to a luxury condominium in Bandar Tasik Selatan which was equipped with printing machines to produce the fake documents.
“The suspect rented two separate units at the condominium where one was used for his operations, and another where he lived with his wife,” he said.
“This was his modus operandi to fool the authorities.”
Khairul Dzaimee said the suspect is an expert at producing fake passports, immigration i-cards, UNHCR documents and even marriage certificates.
The man’s clientele was mostly Myanmar and Bangladesh foreign workers, who were charged between RM300 and RM100 for a work permit pass sticker, depending on the quality requested.
A fake international passport would cost RM500, while a counterfeit UNHCR card which gives its bearer refugee status was sold at RM100.
The man could also issue fake immigration stamps for RM200.
“He earned about RM18,000 a month from his illegal business.
“The suspect, however, only took on a small number of jobs every month so that his business remained discreet,” added Khairul Dzaimee.
He said the suspect had entered the country legally and is a current holder of spousal long-term visit pass through his marriage.
The suspect is under a 14-day remand and is being investigated under Section 55 (D) of the Immigration Act over the forgery of documents.
The man’s wife is also being probed for being an accomplice.
If convicted, the man can be jailed for five to 10 years, and can face a minimum RM30,000 fine and whipping of not more than six times.
Khairul Dzaimee said after conviction, the man will be deported to his home country and will be blacklisted from entering Malaysia.