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Cops find fake invoices

NINETEEN people have been caught with hundreds of thousands of fake invoices with a combined face value of more than 100 million yuan (US$14.7 million), according to police.

Invoices are widely used by companies in their accounting and tax departments as a reimbursement receipt. Thus, the fake invoices could cause a large loss for the country's tax bureau, police said.

"Some invoices were blank and you could write any amount you wanted," said Gu Xiaomao, a Putuo District police officer. "The suspects would do just about anything as long as they could earn money from it."

The case, the largest of its kind this year, was still being investigated yesterday, police said.

Putuo police were given a tip in May that someone was selling fake transport invoices to logistics companies in Taopu area, officers said.

Police found the gang was highly organized and each member had specific responsibilities such as producing, purchasing, distributing, selling and managing the fake invoices.

On June 3, a team of 60 police officers raided the gang's five dens and caught the suspects with 200,000 sets of fake invoices, most of which were for highway toll fees, police said. Officers also seized computers and printers during the raid.


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