TOKYO: Police who raided an apartment in Nakano Ward, Tokyo, late last year seized 10,000 fake credit cards smuggled in from Malaysia, the largest number of such cards ever confiscated, sources said on Monday.
Officers of the Chiba prefectural police’s international investigation section and New Tokyo International Airport Police Station searched the apartment, which they discovered was being used as a workshop to forge credit cards, on suspicion of possession of equipment to counterfeit credit cards and violation of the Customs Law.
Police also obtained an arrest warrant for a Chinese-Malaysian man in Malaysia suspected to be involved in smuggling the counterfeit cards to Japan.
Police believe a large counterfeiting organisation is behind the operation.
The Chinese-Malaysian man, whose family name was given as Chin, allegedly approached a Japanese couple in April and asked them to smuggle 5,056 fake cards from Kuala Lumpur to Narita Airport, the sources said. – The Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network
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