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Police crack gangs selling fake invoices

CHANGNING District police seized 2.28 million fake invoices after cracking two gangs who sold the documents, saving the government nearly 6 billion yuan (US$880 million) in lost tax revenue, city police said yesterday.

The arrests of two suspects had been approved by the Changning District Prosecutors' Office, while another six suspects were in custody, police said.

"Both rings purchased the documents from an illegal invoice manufacturing gang in Henan Province," said an investigator who asked not to be named.

The Henan gang has been taken into custody by the provincial police.

During a routine check in March, police discovered a married couple, both surnamed Li, who claimed to make a living by reclaiming stored-value cards for supermarkets, officers said.

After one month of surveillance, the couple from Anhui Province were caught while trying to sell fake invoices in Beizhai Road in Minhang District on April 22.

More than 150,000 counterfeited invoices in six bags were confiscated at the scene, while another 450,000 fake invoices were later seized in a warehouse.

Investigators traced the other illegal sales ring through 180,000 fake invoices seized at the Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Station in Zhabei District in late March.

"The Henan gang delivers the fake invoices to Shanghai via buses. They simply ask drivers to transport them and buyers will pick up the fake invoices at the station," the investigator said.

On May 15, officers caught a suspect surnamed Zhang who had 1.5 million fake invoices in 30 cases at his apartment in Changning District.

Some companies and individuals use fake invoices to avoid paying tax.


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