Fined for GST Tourist Refund Fraud

Two foreigners, a father and his son, were convicted of one GST offence each: Former Research Fellow Zhang Baicheng, aged 33, was convicted of engaging the help of his father, Zhang Yaoqun, a tourist, to claim a GST refund of $247.94 for a $3,790 Prada bag (the “handbag”) that he purchased. Zhang Yaoqun, who was not the purchaser of the handbag, was convicted of claiming GST refunds of $1,791.87 for the handbag, as well as a Tiffany & Co. diamond ring (the “ring”) that was purchased by a then colleague of Zhang Baicheng. The court fined Zhang Baicheng and Zhang Yaoqun (“co-accused persons”) $2,000 and $3,500 respectively. If they default on payment of the fine, they will have to serve 2 w

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