KUALA LUMPUR: A Bangladeshi family here has been earning at least RM30,000 a month over the past year, running a syndicate supplying forged documents to their countrymen.

An Immigration Department enforcement team which raided their home cum headquarters in Serdang on Tuesday, found a variety of forged documents and numerous addresses, indicating that their clients come from all over Malaysia.

The Department’s director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said following three months of close surveillance, the team finally arrested the family, comprising 15 individuals, aged 20 to 40.

"The syndicate comprised a husband and wife, and their relatives. We found that the syndicate ran its activities via booths selling handphones and prepaid cards.

“They processed the documents in the house," Mustafar said at a press conference at the Home Ministry Complex here.

Immigration also seized a Toyota Camry worth RM40,000, document-forging paraphernalia worth RM8,000, cash amounting to RM6,977, and dozens of fake documents including Enforcement cards, Construction Industry Development Board cards, passports and Temporary Employment Visit Passes.

Earlier during the press conference, one of the suspects was brought in to demonstrate the document forging process.

Mustafar said the Department believes that there are other similar syndicates in the country, and that Immigration will intensify its efforts to hunt them down.

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Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said following three months of close surveillance, the team finally arrested the family, comprising 15 individuals, aged 20 to 40. Pix by Asyraf Hamzah