Two courier company workers defraud employer with broken packages

Chen Huizhi
The suspects allegedly defrauded the company of over 100,000 yuan (US$15,000) by laying false insurance claims.
Chen Huizhi

Two men working for a courier company have been detained for allegedly defrauding the company using broken packages, Shanghai police said on Thursday.

The company lost over 100,000 yuan (US$15,000) to the suspects through insurance claim settlements, police said.

The company filed a report with police in Qingpu District this June after finding anomalies in insurance claim settlements from 2017, leading them to believe they could be examples of fraud committed by their own employees.

Police soon suspected two men, surnamed Hu and Yao, and caught up with them on August 9.

The two have since allegedly confessed.

In 2016 and 2017, the pair is alleged to have sent packages containing objects left over from the company’s previous insurance claims, or purchased goods from, to addresses with fictitious receivers. They then deliberately broke the packages and filed insurance claims with the company, police said.

Their accomplice, a man surnamed Ren, was arrested last year in Hubei Province after being caught performing a similar fraud while working there.

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