Police have crippled a syndicate forging driving licences and road tax stickers in Penang and Perak following the arrest of four suspects on Tuesday.
Penang commercial crimes chief ACP Ramli Mohd Nor said the syndicate had been operating for the past eight years and could have raked in hundreds of thousands of ringgit.
“They earn between RM100 and RM800 for each forged document, which takes about two weeks to produce,” he told a press conference at the state police headquarters here yesterday.
The state commercial crimes team conducted simultaneous raids in Nibong Tebal in Penang and Parit Buntar in Perak at 1am on Tuesday.
Besides apprehending the suspects, aged between 22 and 45, police seized four forged driving licences and three road tax stickers, computers, printers and other items.
Ramli said the suspects, who were private sector workers, had teamed up with several agents and runners in Penang and Perak, who were the masterminds of the operation.
“These freelance agents and runners, who carry out transactions with the Road Transport Department and Puspakom, procure and deal with customers,” he said.
Police are looking for the agents and runners.
They have identified about 50 customers, all Malaysians.
“We believe there are more customers because the syndicate has been operating for several years,” Ramli said.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.