[Explanation] On July 21, the Xingning branch of the Nanning Public Security Bureau of Guangxi reported that this branch, in conjunction with the Nanning Taxation Bureau, successfully eliminated a criminal gang that falsely issued value-added tax invoices.

During the operation, three criminal suspects were arrested and a group of criminal tools were seized, involving nearly 1.8 billion yuan (RMB, the same below).

  [Explanation] In November 2020, the Nanning Municipal Taxation Bureau discovered during daily monitoring that a group of companies had major suspicions of falsely issuing value-added tax invoices, and it was likely that the crime was committed by a group.

On November 25, the Nanning Taxation Bureau, the Economic Investigation Detachment of the Nanning Public Security Bureau, and the Economic Investigation Brigade of the Xingning Sub-bureau decided to start the police and tax cooperation mechanism and set up the "11.25" joint task force.

With the concerted efforts of the police and taxation departments, a criminal gang suspected of falsely issuing value-added tax invoices "surfaced."

  [Concurrent] Cheng Nuo, Deputy Chief of Economic Investigation Brigade, Xingning Branch of Public Security Bureau of Nanning City, Guangxi

  This is an organized and premeditated gang of violent false VAT invoices. They will acquire a large amount of citizenship information on weekdays, then handle a large number of shell companies, and then through the underground transaction network, to hundreds of people across the country Enterprises illegally issue value-added tax invoices.

  [Explanation] After nearly two months of investigation and control, the task force locked 3 suspicious persons.

There are indications that this is an organized gang that issues false value-added tax invoices.

They used "shell" companies to conduct illegal and criminal activities of falsely issuing value-added tax invoices, and the number and amount of falsely issued value-added tax invoices were shocking.

  [Concurrent] Cheng Nuo, Deputy Chief of Economic Investigation Brigade, Xingning Branch of Public Security Bureau of Nanning City, Guangxi

  This gang has strong anti-reconnaissance capabilities. According to our investigation, it was found that they had rented several rental houses in Nanning. At the same time, they would remotely control some idle personnel in the society before committing crimes to handle them on their behalf. Those businesses that apply for invoices never show up in this (public) place.

  [Explanation] On January 20, 2021, the taxation department reported that an agent under the control of the gang applied for a large number of invoices from the Xingning District Taxation Bureau.

  [Concurrent] Cheng Nuo, Deputy Chief of Economic Investigation Brigade, Xingning Branch of Public Security Bureau of Nanning City, Guangxi

  Then we judge that this gang is about to start committing crimes.

  [Explanation] The policeman who handled the case followed the agent to the rental house, confirmed that they were committing the crime in the den, and then mobilized the police to arrest the gang.

The suspects Yang Mobo, Yang and Wang who were engaged in the crime of falsely issuing value-added tax invoices were arrested on the spot.

  [Concurrent] Cheng Nuo, Deputy Chief of Economic Investigation Brigade, Xingning Branch of Public Security Bureau of Nanning City, Guangxi

  At the scene, we also seized a large number of criminal tools, such as computers, network cards, and many other items involved in the case, such as ID cards used to apply for shell companies, industrial and commercial business licenses.

  [Explanation] After investigation, it was found that the group fraudulently used other people’s identities to register 464 “shell” companies in Nanning City since 2018. Without any purchase or sale of goods, it has made false claims to hundreds of companies across the country. Issue value-added tax invoices.

A total of 15,460 special VAT invoices were issued with a total value of approximately 1.8 billion yuan, and 993 ordinary VAT invoices were issued with a total value of 93 million yuan. The amount involved is particularly huge. Three suspects have been arrested. Will be transferred for prosecution in the near future.

In order to further investigate the situation of the case, the project team headed to Liuzhou, Qinzhou, Laibin and other places to verify a batch of ticket-receiving enterprises in Guangxi, and clarified the criminal facts of the group's fraudulent tax fraud and the loss of the country.

In the next step, the police and taxation departments will jointly initiate data investigations for multiple provinces and cities across the country, push clues to the case to the police and taxation departments across the country, and trace the enterprises and personnel involved in the case to the end.

  Chen Yanyou and Qi Wei report from Nanning, Guangxi

Editor in charge: [Li Yuxin]

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