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Huge fake invoice racket uncovered

CITY police have swooped on a family-owned workshop making fake invoices and seals that had the potential to cost the country's tax system about 100 million yuan (US$14.64 million).

So far 129 suspects have been caught and more than 100,000 sets of bogus invoices seized.

Zhabei District police officers made their move last week after a month-long investigation.

So far four suspects have been taken into custody.

Police said they caught people peddling fake invoices in June, which led to the same wholesaler, an outfit called "Sister Zhang."

The leader of the group, Zhang was "very cautious," seldom showed up in public and only did business with old customers, police said.

"She usually called the supplier and asked her nephew to get the goods," police said yesterday in a press release.

She even asked her pregnant niece to deal with buyers.

"We can't hold pregnant women in custody for long," an officer of Shanghai Railway Station said.

Last Wednesday, Zhang's niece was caught when dealing with a customer in front of a department store near the railway station.

Police then rushed Zhang's apartment on Jiangning Road in Jing'an District when she was allegedly sealing fake invoices with fake stamps.

More than 20,000 sets of fake invoices and 30 stamps were found, police said.

The invoices have been destroyed in Magnolia Square at the railway station.


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