Four members, including three Bangladeshi men, of a document forgery syndicate in Malaysia have been arrested.
Malaysian Immigration Department busted the ring following two months of surveillance.
The department first raided a house in Cheras which was used as a base for forgery and arrested two Bangladeshi men and a Mongolian woman on July 9.
This led the department officials to another house where the alleged mastermind, also a Bangladeshi man, lived in Jalan Klang Lama.
Immigration Director-General Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the 39-year-old suspected mastermind had been residing in Malaysia on a temporary employment visit pass (PLKS) for the past 10 years and was employed in the services sector, adding that he began dabbling in document forgery last year.
"He charged RM 300 for a single forged PLKS pass and RM 100 for a forged passport," he said.
In the Jalan Klang Lama premises, the department found nine forged Bangladeshi passports, forged PLKS passes, a laptop, printer and various other equipment used to forge passports. A vehicle was also seized.
"The suspect is believed to have made profits of between RM 8,000 and RM 10,000 a month from the forged documents. The proceeds were sent to Bangladesh," the DG said.
Khairul Dzaimee said the suspect would drive around looking for potential clients around Kuala Lumpur before offering his services for forged PLKS passes and passports.
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