SPM student arrested for driver’s license fraud

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KUALA LUMPUR: A 17-year-old boy who was due to take his SPM exams this year was among two suspects detained by police for their alleged involvement in a syndicate that sold fake driving licenses.

Kuala Lumpur Police Commercial Crimes Investigations Department (CCID) chief, ACP Mohd Mahidisham Ishak, said the teenager and his 22-year-old accomplice were arrested during a raid on a house in Durian Tunggal, Malacca, following a police report of a victim on Friday.

He said earlier that the 40-year-old had spotted an advertisement on Facebook which offered driving licenses without having to go through formalities with the Road Transport Directorate (RTD).

Mohd Mahidisham said the victim contacted the phone number on the advert and was offered a driver’s license for a fee of RM490.

However, he said, after promptly paying the sum, the suspects demanded more payments, saying they were miscellaneous charges.

Suspecting something was wrong, the victim made a police report.

Mohd Mahidisham said KL and Cheras CCID managed to track down the suspects before apprehending them.

He said the suspects are believed to be behind the business of producing fake driver’s licenses since 2016.

He said they were being held for investigation under a remand order.

Mohd Mahidisham said the police also seized several pieces of equipment used to produce the fake driver’s licenses.

He advised the public to obtain their driver’s license through legitimate means.

Thousands of motorists are believed to be using fake driving licenses or notoriously known as “lesen terbang” obtained from rogue unions and RTD staff.

In September 2018, the Ministry of Road Transport identified 14,000 motorists, including foreigners holding fake driving licenses.

This was discovered after 12 RTD officers, including a deputy director, were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for allegedly issuing failed licenses for between RM2,000 and RM3,500.


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