Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – The Hà Nội Police on Thursday said they had decided to prosecute five more people who are part of a ring accused of printing, publishing and trading value-added tax (VAT) invoices.
They are Nguyễn Thúy Hằng, Phùng Thị Dung, Nguyễn Thị Trang, Đỗ Văn Sáng and Dương Hoàng Đức, aged between 23 and 46.
Last month, the police arrested three people, Hoàng Lệ Hằng, Vũ Kim Oanh, and Nguyễn An Tuấn, who were part of a ring that used “ghost” businesses to illegally trade VAT invoices.
Hằng, 45, residing in Hai Bà Trưng District, headed the 10-person ring, which comprised her relatives and acquaintances.
Her office was based in Yến Cafe on Cảm Hội Street.
Their modus operandi was to buy businesses incurring losses and then modify the business details or they would establish ‘ghost’ companies operating in different fields, including construction, tourism, services and trade. (These businesses would be used) to sell VAT invoices, according colonel Phùng Anh Quang, head of the investigation division.
Hằng bought businesses at prices ranging from VNĐ30 to 40 million each, including their stamps and invoices, the police officer said.
She and her accomplices then sold VAT invoices for VNĐ200,000-300,000 (US$8.9-13.4) per one, he added.
The police also seized 36 company stamps, nearly 200 invoice books, several other documents and VNĐ757 million ($33,000) in cash.
Since June 2014, the ring had sold more than 3,000 VAT invoices, worth VNĐ780 billion ($35 million), to 500 companies, under the names of 33 companies.
The illegal trading in VAT invoices caused tax losses of VNĐ78 billion ($3.4 million) to the state budget, the police said.
The police are investigating the case further. – VNS