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Shanghai railway police bust group in Anhui selling fake tickets

IN the first case of fake tickets being sold online, Shanghai railway police busted a group earlier this month and  confiscated around 1,000 counterfeit train tickets from them.

Seven suspects were detained after police found 989 fake tickets and 4,320 blank tickets in their hideout in Fu-yang, Anhui Province.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station reported a fake ticket case to police on December 23 after a woman attempted to get in with a counterfeit ticket for train G7503 heading to Hangzhou.

She escaped from the scene but was traced by police. The 39-year-old Anhui Province native was caught on December 31 and 291 fake train tickets were found at her place.

Police said she purchased the tickets from a Taobao shop owner with prices ranging from 30 yuan (US$4.95) to 40 yuan.

The tickets were intended for reimbursements. She used some of them to travel occasionally.

The online shop was registered in Fuyang. Shanghai Railway police conducted a joint operation with forces from Anhui, Jiangsu and Hefei provinces and cracked down on the group  on January 9. Six other suspects were nabbed from Fuyang and Henan Province’s  Luohe and Luoyang.

Besides seizing fake and blank tickets from them, police  also found seven computers and four printing machines.

The group has been printing counterfeit tickets since last January. Some of the members invested in computers and printing machines, while others purchased the paper to print tickets.

They set up the online shop  last November, selling tickets with prices ranging from 20 yuan to 40 yuan per ticket.

The suspects said they had customers from all over the country, making a profit of more than 200,000 yuan.

It was the first case of fake tickets being sold online.

Shanghai railway police are still investigating if there are others involved in the scam  elsewhere in the country.

It was the first day of the Spring Festival travel rush in the city yesterday.



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