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GST Fraud: Five Arrested for filing Fake Returns

A major GST fraud has been detected by the Delhi Police where five persons are arrested for filing fake returns. T

he organised gang of fraudsters involved in submitting fake GST returns of different private firms and syphoned off Lakh of rupees, reports said.

According to reports, the matter came into light at Jama Masjid area when a complainant approached the police and stated that some unknown persons have unauthorized access to the GST account of his firm. He also informed that some days before, while he visited GST office, one GST officer informed him that he has not filed any GST return in his GST account so far.

The accused shared the username and password of his GST account to his niece for filing GST returns. Recently, he tried to access his GST account but he found that the username and password of the GST account have been fraudulently changed by some unknown persons. Thereafter, the complainant visited the office of GST and managed to change the username and password of his GST Account by filing fresh request.

On being checked the GST account details, he found that the fraudulent bills of the transaction of sale and purchase were made in the GST account of complainant’s firm to which complainant has the liability of Rs. 21.64 lakhs as GST tax.

According to the complainant, he never made any transactions in the above-mentioned GST account and all are fake transactions. On April 19 one Ankush Agrawal was arrested. The police team also recovered one laptop being used for uploading details of fake invoices of sale and purchase with the name of various private firms and two mobile phones which were used in the commission of a crime.

On sustained interrogation, accused Ankush Aggarwal disclosed that he used to collect details of defaulted firms from one Subhash, who was earlier working in the office of GST and used to meet him at GST office, ITO, Delhi.

Subsequently, a trap was laid to arrest other accused persons and another four accused Subhash, Ajay, Harish and Kamal were also apprehended by the team. The interrogation led to the recovery of three mobile phones being used for sending and receiving messages.

Read more at: https://www.taxscan.in/arrested-gst-fraud-fake-returns/35250/

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