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Four Individuals Arrested For Using Stolen Identities To Register For COVID-19 Vaccine

Aug 26, 2021

Four individuals, a local man and three foreign women, were arrested for allegedly using other people’s identity to register for the COVID-19 vaccine via the MySejahtera app.

According to Astro AWANI, Melaka Commercial Crime Investigation Department (JSJK) chief Supt. E. Sundra Rajan said all the suspects, aged between 35 and 40-years-old were arrested in two separate raids in Bandar Hilir between 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm last Wednesday (August 18th).

four individuals arrested for using stolen identities to register for covid-19 vaccinePhoto via Yahoo! News Malaysia

He said that the first arrest was a 30-year-old foreign woman who was detained while she was about to receive her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Bandar Hilir at 2:30 pm. 

“After checking the MySejahtera app used by the woman, police found that the identity information registered on the app belonged to another individual.

“Police also confiscated a vaccine card in the suspect’s name, a foreigner’s i-card believed to be fake, and a copy of an expired passport and a mobile phone used by the suspect,” he said.

He added that following the arrest, the three other suspects were arrested at a house in Bandar Hilir at 7 pm the same day.

All suspects were remanded to assist in the investigation under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and possibly being involved in a fraud syndicate using the identities of other individuals for the registration of the COVID-19 vaccine via the MySejahtera app.

Sundra added that the three foreign women were also being investigated under Section 6 (1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for staying in the country without valid documents and Section 15 (1)(c) of the same act for staying overtime. 

four individuals arrested for using stolen identities to register for covid-19 vaccinePhoto via Harian Metro

He added that until now, the police have received two reports relating to identification theft used by foreigners for the purpose of registration for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

He also warned the public that the police takes this very seriously and any activities involving stolen identities will not be tolerated. 

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat

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