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6 held over fake tickets scheme

POLICE have detained six men suspected of faking 500 Expo tickets.

Police raided two manufacturing sites and confiscated 14 fake tickets, films and printing machines in Zhejiang Province. They said the suspects had destroyed the other tickets before they were arrested on June 25.

The suspects, surnamed Chen, Zhang and Li, are alleged to have begun making fake tickets and commemorative stamp albums for the Expo in October 2009, police in Shanghai said yesterday.

Li was arrested on June 13 in Henan Province.

He had found two wholesalers surnamed Song and Long at a stamp market in Beijing and sold the albums, each with a fake Expo ticket, to them. Song and Long then sold the fakes to a salesman, surnamed Tu, who worked for a Beijing-based media company. Tu then found buyers.

The first bogus ticket was discovered on May 26, when a visitor was stopped at an Expo entrance.

The tickets don't have chips in them, and don't have the granular feel of real tickets.

Meanwhile, a man has been detained for allegedly selling 900 fake reservation tickets to a tourist agency in Xiamen City, Fujian Province.

The suspect surnamed Cai made a fake Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination seal and sold the agency a total of 2,500 tickets last August.

The agency, which paid 4.78 million yuan (US$705,200) for the tickets, called the police in May after they found the tickets could not be used.


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