Police have arrested four men aged between 28 and 37, and crippled a syndicate that produces fake medical certificates (MCs), forged to resemble those issued by Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA).

The raids were conducted between 3 and 5 May at Tampo, Kampung Melayu Majidee, Taman Bukit Kempas and Taman Desa Johor Bahru.

Two of the suspects worked as restaurant assistants, one at an air-conditioning company and another at a printing outlet.

"The syndicate was uncovered when an employer came to HSA to verify an MC," said Johor Commercial CID chief ACP Mohd Salleh Abdullah, "The hospital found that the MC was forged based on the serial number and hospital records."

HSA reports largest syndicate of fake MCs

The fake MCs bearing the hospital's name and a serial number, were found to be mainly sold to Malaysians working at government departments and the private sector in Johor Bahru and Singapore for RM25 per certificate via a middleman. 

"We believe this is the largest case of fraud involving fake MCs reported by the HSA," said ACP Mohd Salleh.

The police has found among others, 60 fake MCs with serial numbers, a rubber stamp of a medical officer, seven fake MCs without serial numbers, three rolls of yellow paper and 59 pieces of the front cover book for the MCs.

Evidence include forged rubber stamps of doctors

Six other rubber stamps with the names of six doctors, one with the name of the hospital's Outpatient Department medical officer as well as one with the name of a medical officer at the Jalan Mahmoodiah Outpatient clinic were also found.

A plastic packet containing ganja, four mobile phones and a Proton Persona car were also included in the list of evidence.

Previously in August, it was unveiled that these syndicates boldly advertise their services through social media and name cards. The MCs also carried names of legitimate clinics and doctors based in Subang Jaya and Damansara Utama. The MCs were also swiftly delivered within three days via PosLaju at a cost of RM50.

ACP Mohd Salleh also gave a word of warning to police personnel not to buy fake MCs just to get several days off from work, warning that action could be taken against them.

"They are not only at risk of losing their jobs but can be arrested and charged in court for producing fake documents," he said. MIMS

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