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Shentong denies receipt scheme

SHANGHAI Shentong Metro Group, the city's Metro service operator, has denied an accusation raised by some locals claiming one of its workers has been selling receipts from transport card recharges online, an illegal business leading to the abuse of taxpayers' money.

Selling at 1 yuan for a book worth 100 yuan (US$15.15) in receipts, 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 found.

The receipts can be used by buyers to claim travel expenses from their companies - they are usually more popular at the yearend because people need to fill their annual expenses quotas.

"Good product and it's proved to be genuine," wrote one satisfied buyer in the online store's customer feedback column, a comment echoed by a dozen others.

But lawyers said these deals are illegal and can cause losses to the public when false expenses are claimed by government employees.

It leads to the abuse of taxpayers' money when used to claim expenses from state-funded companies and other operators, according to lawyers

Lawyers said it is also illegal for people to defraud privately owned firms by using receipts to make up fake expenditures.

After spotting such deals online, an accountant, surnamed Yang, called Shentong and voiced her suspicion of foul play.

Shentong said it has completed an investigation after receiving Yang's complaint.

The Shentong investigators bought a batch of invoices from the online store, checked the serial codes and concluded that they had not come from Metro stops.


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