Hopefuls promised senior posts if they paid 30,000 yuan A fraud syndicate that operated a bogus police station and swindled 30,000 yuan from each new would-be recruit has been smashed in Shaanxi . The syndicate, headed by 59-year-old retiree Liu Jide , rented an office in Xian's Beilin district and decorated it like a real police station. It had a burnished, official-looking nameplate and the national flags of many countries, the Xian-based Huashang News reported. It said police had seized piles of forged documents, including one approving the establishment of a Special Police Force Bureau bearing the forged signature of Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang and another that announced Liu's appointment as the chief, party secretary and political commissar of the bogus bureau. Police also uncovered 17 fake seals, including one for a Chinese public security special police bureau and another for a UN foundation headquarters. An official from the Beilin branch of the Xian Public Security Bureau said it was a complicated fraud. 'They forged seals and conned innocent people ... It's a very serious fraud and we are still investigating it,' the official said. An initial investigation showed the syndicate held a meeting to establish the 'special police bureau' last month and announced it was forced to relocate to a four-room office because its 10-storey office building was being decorated. The suspects claimed the bureau had been created under orders from the Ministry of Public Security in September and urgently needed new blood. New recruits were lured with the prospect of potential promotions to senior posts if they paid at least 30,000 yuan. Liu said about 30 people had signed up, with 12 of them having paid that sum. Liu and two accomplices were detained for forging official documents, masquerading as officials and illegally establishing a police station. Liu claimed his father had been a senior army officer in the Kuomintang and left him a large sum in an overseas bank. Another forged document said he had been appointed chief and party secretary of the 'headquarters for unfreezing the Chinese people's assets'.