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Three arrested over fake booze

THREE men have been arrested for selling counterfeit alcohol, Jing'an District prosecutors said yesterday.

The alcohol included well-known Chinese brands Moutai, Wuliangye and Jiannanchun. The suspects sold the fake alcohol at the price of the authentic brands, according to prosecutors.

The suspects weren't caught until a victim found anti-counterfeiting codes were the same on two bottles and reported the case to police.

One suspect surnamed Mao was a former alcohol salesman at a food company, which was an authorized seller of Wuliangye.

He quit in September 2009 and soon received a call from a friend who asked him to sell some "high-quality imitation alcohol," according to prosecutors.

Mao bought 24 bottles of fake Wuliangye for 250 yuan (US$36) each and 18 bottles of counterfeit Jiannanchun at 150 yuan each from the friend, who is still being investigated by police.

Prosecutors said Mao then sold the alcohol to former clients - 470 yuan per bottle of Wuliangye and 270 yuan for Jiannanchun.

After making such a good profit, Mao decided to make use of his former employer's name to sell fake alcohol.

He enlisted the help of two other suspects, surnamed Tang and Zhao, to sell fake booze, said prosecutors, who added that Mao purchased 50,000 yuan worth of counterfeit alcohol from Zhao.

Police caught the trio on December 23.


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