Chinese father, son print and sell fake money to fund daughter’s medical bills
A 46-year-old man was arrested together with his unemployed 26-year-old son for producing and selling counterfeit money, which they supposedly did to finance his daughter’s medical bills in Lixin county, Anhui province in China.
Police raided the home of the father and son, whose surname was identified as “Wang,” as reported by Bozhou Evening News via South China Morning Post last Sunday, Aug. 12. The officials seized 2.5 million yuan (about $360,000 or P19,470,000) of fake banknotes.
The father and son started their operation to pay for the treatment of the father’s daughter, who has an unnamed congenital condition.
The raid came after the son caught local police’s attention. Apparently, the police found the son’s “big spending that clearly exceeded what he should be able to afford” suspicious.
“[The younger] Wang had been researching the technology on the internet since last year and bought equipment so that he could experiment at home,” a policeman said in the report.
The police officers recounted that they found three printers and gilding machines operating, producing the counterfeit banknotes when they arrived at the suspects’ abode.
Aside from the fake money, local authorities also found 240,000 yuan (around $347,000 or P1.8 million) in real cash, the report said. Real money was made after the two sold fake 100 yuan banknotes for 8 yuan each.
The son revealed that he was in charge of ensuring the quality of the fake money. His father, meanwhile, was responsible for printing and selling the counterfeit banknotes.
The two have been imprisoned since the raid. Kate Matriano/JB
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