Tax Fraud: GST Intelligence busts massive syndicate of Rs 1,481 cr turnover

Meerut's DG GST Intelligence officials have busted a massive syndicate involving 102 fake entities involved in fraud input tax credit with a staggering turnover of Rs. 1,481 crore, four have been held
DG GST Intelligence busted a massive fake input tax credit syndicate
DG GST Intelligence busted a massive fake input tax credit syndicateFile/ PSUWatch

New Delhi: The Meerut Zonal Unit of Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) has accomplished a major feat by cracking down on a large-scale fake invoicing syndicate that issued invoices with a taxable turnover of Rs. 1,481 crore. The fraud resulted in passing on of fake Input Tax Credit of Rs. 275 crore through 102 fake firms to over 1,000 beneficiary companies.

Through meticulous data mining and application of mind, the DGGI Meerut Zonal Unit has successfully dismantled a major syndicate operated by four masterminds. One of them, working in a placement consultancy firm, was responsible for arranging PAN, Aadhaar, electricity bill, address proof, and other documents required for GST registration.

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How did they do it?

To achieve this, the mastermind enticed candidates with modest financial perks in exchange for surrendering their KYC documents. These KYC documents were then passed on to the other two masterminds, who used them to create fictitious companies. These individuals were also in charge of opening bank accounts, managing cash flow, and overseeing all financial transactions of these sham enterprises. The fourth accused mastermind covertly managed a secret office where crucial operational activities, such as invoice generation, e-way bill creation, GST returns filing, and maintaining sale-purchase ledgers of the fraudulent firms, took place.

To aid in their operations, the syndicate recruited several assistants. Further, the syndicate maintained connections with numerous middlemen who provided essential information for generating counterfeit invoices to benefit the ultimate beneficiaries. As the investigation unfolds, it has also revealed the involvement of bank officials in the establishment of bank accounts under the names of fictitious firms.

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4 arrested, sent to judicial custody

During the operation, DGGI officers conducted coordinated raids at multiple locations and seized a vast cache of incriminating evidence, including Laptops, desktops, Electronic Storage Devices, PAN Card, Aadhar Card, Cheque-Books, more than 25 mobiles, SIM Cards used for receiving OTPs, rubber Stamps of shell entities.

All four accused individuals were presented before the Economic Offence Court in Meerut on Saturday, November 04. All of them have been remanded in judicial custody until 13 days.

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