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Fakes could put you in prison

POLICE are warning local residents and companies that the use of fake invoices could lead to criminal charges. The Shanghai Public Security Bureau said the market was still huge despite its crackdown campaigns.

More than 15 million sets of fake invoices had been confiscated by last month, the police said, with 16 gangs of 450 suspects caught in the campaigns. More than 220 cases had been solved, police said yesterday.

Fake invoices are used to claim money back, causing company losses or defrauding the country's tax system.

Police warn that individuals could face criminal charges for using fake invoices worth more than 15,000 yuan (US$2,200).

During the crackdowns, police found that the technology involved in the producing of fake invoices was improving and it was difficult to distinguish them from the real thing.

"The fake invoices for flights were well produced with high-quality paper and even watermarks that could easily deceive accountants," said a police officer surnamed Huang, who was in charge of the cases.

After nationwide crackdowns, the price of fake invoices had increased about 30 times. However, there was still such a huge demand that sellers had even developed customized fake invoice services for clients.

"Some of the suspects even had mileage calculation software that could figure out a reasonable toll fee for long-distance truck drivers," Huang said. "The software calculates a figure just over the real price so that the accountant probably won't notice."

Police are offering rewards of up to 100,000 yuan for information about the use of fake invoices.


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