GST officers arrest man for Rs 50.03 crore input tax credit fraud, fake firms

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GST officers have arrested an individual for creating fictitious firms and committing input tax credit fraud of Rs 50.03 crore, the finance ministry stated on Sunday.

The officers of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Commissionerate, Delhi East have unearthed a community of fictitious firms which “was being operated by one Vishal, who is an advocate by profession and was practising law in Karkardooma Court, Delhi”, the ministry stated in a press release.

Vishal began this GST fraud by making a fictitious agency in his personal title, which he acquired registered at his residence. Subsequently, he organized numerous KYCs of various individuals to create a number of fictitious firms having no enterprise exercise and created for the passing on fake Input Tax Credit.

“Multiple KYCs and cheques were resumed during the search of his residence. He used to pass on fake Input Tax Credit to his clients in exchange for a commission of 2 per cent of the invoice amount. The total fake Input Tax Credit passed on quantified so far is Rs 50.03 crore, which is expected to increase as the investigation progresses,” it added.

The accused have been remanded to 14-day judicial custody until March 13.

Since the inception of GST Central Tax, Delhi Zone has made 27 arrests in numerous circumstances, involving GST evasion amounting to greater than Rs 4,019.95 crore, the ministry stated.

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