On June 18, the WeChat public account of the Heilongjiang High Court announced that it rejected the appeal and upheld the original sentences for 14 persons charged with printing counterfeit money. This case is the largest single case of counterfeiting cash since the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party.
According to the Heilongjiang High Court website, the second instance of the Mudanjiang Intermediate People’s Court held a public hearing and pronounced the verdict in court on June 16 and 17.
The court ruled to dismiss the appeal and uphold the initial verdict in accordance with the law.
On Feb. 27, 2020, Hailin City’s public security agencies cracked a criminal case of counterfeiting money. As a result, a total of 422.15 million yuan (about $63 million) in counterfeit 2005 edition of the 100 yuan note was seized.
At the trial, it was found that three defendants conspired to print counterfeit money in Guangdong in November 2019. Since then, a counterfeit money printing site has been established in Guangrong Village, Hailin Town, Hailin City, Heilongjiang Province.
The gang purchased printing equipment, inks, special paper, and other supplies to print money. They specialize in faking 100-yuan banknotes from 2005.
The gang printed money day and night from mid-January to the end of February 2020. During this period, some even used drugs.
On July 2, 2021, the Mudanjiang Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Chen Mouqiu, Cai Mougong, Zheng Mou, and Liu Mouzi to life imprisonment for the crime of printing counterfeit money.
Ten other defendants were sentenced to prison terms ranging from five to fifteen years.
Chen Mouqiu, Cai Mougong, Zheng Mou, and Liu Mouzi refused the verdict and appealed to the Higher People’s Court of Heilongjiang Province.
On June 18, 2022, the Heilongjiang High Court rejected the appeal and upheld the original judgment for all 14 defendants.