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Tougher law sees invoice man jailed

UNDER tougher criminal law on counterfeiting, a man was jailed for a year yesterday after more than 3,000 fake invoices were found at his home.

The man, surnamed Zhang, was also fined 20,000 yuan (US$3,134) by Putuo District People's Court.

This was the first case of its kind in Shanghai since an amendment to China's Criminal Law allowing for an individual to be prosecuted for owning a large number of phony invoices.

Previously, charges could only be brought if they were found selling or manufacturing them and the penalty for owning bogus invoices was only a maximum of 15 days of detention.

On June 28, a total 3,446 fake invoices were found in Zhang's home in Taopu area.

They were printed as tolls or fuel receipts in neighboring Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces.

In China, the supplier of a service will supply an invoice, with the details of the recipient company, as well as a receipt.

Zhang, who had served time in prison before for selling counterfeit invoices admitted owning the fake invoices.

The penalty is harsher for selling fake invoices.

Prosecutors did not say what the invoices would be used for or their face value.

Fake invoices are often sold at a fraction of their face value to people who can remit them to their employers.

Last year, local police detained 26 suspects for manufacturing and selling fake flight invoices.


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