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Two face charges of rail-ticket scalping

TWO men will be charged with ticket scalping after being detained with 79 rail tickets for the Spring Festival rush, police said today.

This is the largest rail-ticket scalping case to be busted this year, railway police said. If found guilty, the maximum sentence is three years' jail with fines.

A buyer surnamed Liu searched the Internet to buy five tickets to his hometown in Sichuan Province after he failed to get them at regular booths.

Liu phoned a seller surnamed Zhang who said he would charge an extra 70 yuan (US$10.25) a ticket. They met at a subway station on Line 2, but Liu tipped off police, who were waiting to swoop.

Officers raided Zhang's house in Changning District and seized 74 tickets as well as another suspect surnamed Guo.

Zhang and Guo told police that they had hired others to repeatedly line up at the ticket booths and hoard the tickets for higher prices.


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