December 21, 2016
A laser printer was used to fake Hong Kong banknotes, while 59 people were saved from human trafficking where printers were being used to create fake documentation.
A 58-year-old man was arrested for allegedly printing fake banknotes in Hong Kong, police only giving the suspect’s surname, Kan, and adding that he has a history of using printers to fake HK$100 ($12/€12), reported ejinsights. Having allegedly used HK$1,000 ($128/€123) several times in Sham Shui Po, police arrested him. Officials believe that Kan’s greed led to his arrest after he started printing notes that were worth more.
Inspector Wong Sau-lok of the Commercial Crime Bureau said that Kan was suspected of using the fake dollar bills in two shops, but staff thought the notes looked suspicious and called the police. A computer, laser printer and fake notes were seized from Kan’s home, and it was reported that the “fake notes were made using a laser printer with low quality security threads and laser marks that were not reflective”.
The quality of the watermark and the holograph window were poor and incorrect, and police highlighted that this is what to look for in a fake note. Over the past six months police have confiscated over 1,385 counterfeit notes, and there have been several other cases where fake HK$1,000 notes were reported, with police investigating whether or not Kan was involved.
Police in Hong Kong have advised the public to visit the Hong Kong Monetary Authority if they are in doubt as to whether their bills are fake or not. In turn, 59 Bangladeshis were rescued from a human trafficking syndicate in Malaysia by the immigration department in a raid. The rescue took place at a condominium in Desa Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, reported Malaysiakini.
Mustafar Ali, Immigration Department Director-General, said that they had detained “a Bangladeshi man” who was thought to be a human trafficker involved in the management of the illegal workers and supplying them to employers. Ali said that the syndicate were believed to be “involved with the printing of fake immigration security stickers”, and a computer, printer and Bangladeshi passports were found on the premises.
Another two people were also arrested, accused of assisting and controlling the home where the victims were sent. Ali said “the victims stayed in the transit home in crowded conditions. Their mobile phones, passports and money were confiscated by the syndicate and they were not allowed out of the house or to make any phone calls”, adding that they were “threatened with bodily harm if they did not follow instructions or tried to leave”.
The victims were “promised jobs in Malaysia”, and had to pay a large amount of money for being taken to Malaysia after being flown from Bangladesh to Jakarta, where they then boarded a boat to be smuggled in. Ali commented that “while in Indonesia, the victims were placed in a transit house and guarded by the syndicate. Victims were also not allowed out of the house and everything including supplying of food and drinks was managed by the syndicate”.
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