False Accounting

Where a person dishonestly, with a view to gain for himself or another or with intent to cause loss to another;

  • destroys, defaces, conceals or falsifies any account or any record or document made or required for any accounting purpose; or
  • in furnishing information for any purpose produces or makes use of any account, or any such record or document as aforesaid, which to his knowledge is or may be misleading, false or deceptive in a material particular.

For purposes of this section a person who makes or concurs in making in an account or other document an entry which is or may be misleading, false or deceptive in a material particular, or who omits or concurs in omitting a material particular from an account or other document, is to be treated as falsifying the account or document.

A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable

  • to a term not exceeding six months imprisonment and/or to a fine not exceeding £5000, if dealt with in the Magistrates court,
  • to a term not exceeding 7 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine, if dealt with in the Crown court.

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