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Fake Moutai seller held

A MAN has been arrested by police for allegedly selling fake Chinese up-market liquor.

More than 6,000 bottles of fake Moutai, the country's most prestigious liquor often served at state banquets, were found by the police in the suspect's two premises in the Pudong New Area.

The retail value of the liquor was estimated at up to 5 million yuan (US$738,000).

The packaging and printing was almost identical to genuine Moutai but the anti-counterfeiting marks were different, police said yesterday after consulting with the Kweichow Moutai Distillery (Group) Co Ltd, manufacturer of the genuine liquor.

Police said Moutai was often faked because of the potential for huge profits and warned buyers to pay special attention to the anti-counterfeiting marks on the packaging.

The suspect, surnamed Qu, first came to the attention of police in March when his company had a huge sale of the liquor, most of it going to other companies.

During an investigation, Qu was found to be buying huge amounts of fake Moutai from Beijing and Maotai in Guizhou Province. Police said the price Qu paid was very low and the profits enormous.

For example, fake Moutai bought for 500 yuan was sold for 5,000 yuan.

Qu is being charged with selling commodities bearing counterfeit registered trademarks, police said.

City police have been cracking down on fake Moutai selling cases this year.

Shanghai Railway Police solved a similar case in May, detaining five people selling 1,800 bottles of fake Moutai for 1.3 million yuan.


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