|China to blacklist producers and users of phony certificates
The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) vowed on Wednesday to "blacklist" producers and users of counterfeit certificates and official documents as part of a campaign targeting the illegal production of such documents, Xinhua reports.
Dealers and users of falsified papers and official seals will have their criminal records forwarded to and shared by relevant authorities, the MPS said in a statement.
Chinese police launched a campaign earlier this year to eliminate the forgery of certificates and official documents, cracking more than 3,600 cases and confiscating 1.5 million falsified documents thus far.
In one case, police detained three people in northeast China's city of Shenyang who allegedly falsified more than 110,000 documents over the last two years.
The forgery and use of official papers, seals and documents has seriously undermined social stability, according to the MPS.
A ministry spokesman blamed increasing demand for fake certificates and diplomas and the difficulty of tracking down underground manufacturers for the rampant forgery.
The spokesman said the ministry will continue to crack down on the forgery of official documents.