KLANG - A syndicate headed by a 21-year-old local which was falsifying permits for foreign workers has been crippled.
In their possession were fake stamps of several government authorities that looked so real that they could pass off as the original.
It is believed that the syndicate was set up about two years ago and had made tens of thousands of ringgit in business.
Selangor Immigration director Amran Ahmad said a team of eight officers, headed by his deputy M. Chandran, arrested the 21-year-old mastermind last Friday at a condominium in Batu Caves.
It was said he had been printing the fake permits for several companies.
The suspect was caught with fake stamps from the Home Ministry, Immigration Department and Inland Revenue Board.
Amran also did not dismiss suggestions that there could be an insider from his department working with the suspect.
"The fake stamps looked real, they could easily pass off as original ones.
"We are also investigating if there could be anyone in the Immigration Department working with the suspect," he said, adding that his men had so far investigated one officer.
Also seized in the raid were a Nissan Almera, a BMW car, a motorcycle, several foreign passports, printers, memory cards and a CPU.
Amran said the suspect charged RM4,000 for each fake work permit, adding that it was RM2,000 more than if the company were to deal directly with the Immigration Department.
He added that more arrests were expected.
He said the bust was the biggest for his department for the year, adding that the value of the seized items amounted to almost RM1mil.