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18 June 2010
Lao, a member of a group of smugglers, was caught smuggling mobile phones and devices as part of an illegal enterprise that was worth more than Rmb1.06 billion and resulted in the group evading over Rmb154 million in tax. The group used long-distance road transportation, speedboats and individual smugglers to smuggle mobile phones and components into China, reassembling the parts on arrival for resale within China and thereby evading cross-border duties and taxes.
Individual smugglers usually carry only a few mobile phones on each trip to avoid being detected by Chinese Customs. However, on July 3 2008 a total of 13 smugglers were caught smuggling over 1,000 Nokia and Samsung mobile phones. Investigations by Customs revealed that an estimated 40% of Samsung mobile phones available for sale in China had been smuggled into China by the same group.
This smuggling case is the largest in Chinese history, involving over 100,000 smuggled mobile phones. The Zhuhai Intermediate People's Court sentenced Lao to 15 years' imprisonment and confiscated property to a value of Rmb500,000.
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