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Female gang arrested for $44.4m invoice fraud

Update: December, 20/2016 - 18:06
Invoice books and rubber stamps were seized during a police search. - Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI  Three women have been arrested for illegally selling value-added tax (VAT) invoices which were estimated at more than VNĐ1 trillion (US$44.4 million), according to the Hà Nội police.

Lê Thị Kim Anh, from Tây Hồ District, and Nguyễn Thị Thu Hương, from Ba Đình District, both 42, were charged with setting up a dozen ghost companies with 32-year-old Ngô Thị Thu Huyền from Hai Bà Trưng District since 2013. Those companies were used only for their names to print invoices without any real business operations.

The trio said that they would take a fee of 3.6 to 4.2 per cent of the amount written on the VAT invoices sold to other companies.

An initial investigation showed that the three sold illegal VAT invoices to more than 1,000 companies, with the credits written on the invoices reaching over VNĐ1 trillion.

A search at the addresses of those ghost companies uncovered more than 200 invoice books, 14 rubber stamps of 12 different companies and over VNĐ1 billion in cash.  VNS    


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