Thursday, August 13

Foreigner held for operating forged passport and work permit ring

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MELAKA: The Melaka Immigration Department has detained a 37-year-old Pakistani man suspected of masterminding a fake passport and work permit syndicate at a house in Danau Kota, Gombak, in Selangor early yesterday morning.

Melaka Immigration director Mahpof Mahmood said the man was arrested following investigations on three Pakistani men aged between 33 and 45 who were nabbed in Melaka on Wednesday and yesterday.

“On Wednesday, (April 1), we apprehended two men, aged 33 and 45 at a premises in Taman Lagenda, here and initial investigations found one of them has been here for some time while the other man was waiting for a new passport from the suspect after paying RM5,000.

“From our investigations, we held another man, 43, who is an employee of the suspect at Ayer Keroh toll plaza yesterday before we raided the suspect’s house,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Mahpof said in the raid at about 2 am at the house, we found 22 passports, i-Kads, a sample of Myanmar passport as well as files containing documents including sample signatures.

“From investigations, we went to the suspect’s business premises in Plaza City One, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur, selling apparel and scarves.

“We also seized his passport at the premises and a computer central processing unit (CPU) containing information on passport forging activities,” he said. — Bernama