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Metro denies connection with illegal sale of receipts

SHENTONG Company, the city's Metro service operator, yesterday denied an accusation raised by some locals claiming one of its workers has been selling receipts for transport card recharge.

Selling at one yuan (15 US cents) only for a receipt worth 100 yuan, more than 6,500 receipts have been sold in the past 30 days by one vendor on, China's biggest online trading platform, Shanghai Daily learned.

It is a common practice for local commuters to recharge their IC transport cards and get the receipts which allow them to claim travel expenses from their companies.

Lawyers said it is illegal for people to defraud their employers using receipts they bought from vendors.

After spotting such deals online, an accountant, surnamed Yang, called the Metro operator, Shentong, and voiced her suspicion that some of its workers were involved in the case because transport card recharge booths are inside Metro stations where only Metro workers could get a stable source of receipts not claimed by passengers after they finish recharging their cards.

Shentong Company said yesterday their investigators bought a batch of invoices from the online store, checked their serial codes and concluded that they were not come from Metro stations.

"The recharge receipts have with serial numbers that can track where they were printed -- Metro stations, convenience stores, bank outlets, or other authorized business booths," said an official with Shentong.

However, Shentong did confirm that in September, a Metro employee was fired after being convicted of trading such receipts online in massive numbers. The dismissal came as result of a tip-off from the public.


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