Commonwealth Offences – Federal
Welcome to the Federal Directors publishing false statements article page. Everything you need to know about Directors publishing false statements according to Federal law – Dated: 01/09/2009
What the Law States according to Federal Law for Directors publishing false statements
According to Federal Law for the charge of Directors publishing false statements:
Section 176 of the Crimes Act states:
Whosoever, being a director, or officer, of any body corporate, or public company, makes, circulates, or publishes, or concurs in making, circulating, or publishing, any written statement, or account, which he or she knows to be false in any material particular, with intent to deceive, or defraud, any member, shareholder, or creditor, of such body corporate, or company, or with intent to induce any person to become a shareholder, or partner therein, or to intrust, or advance, any property to such body corporate, or company, or to enter into any security for the benefit thereof, shall be liable to imprisonment for 10 years.
The Maximum Penalty – Directors publishing false statements
According to Federal Law for the charge of Directors publishing false statements, the maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years imprisonment.
What the Police must prove according to Federal Law for Directors publishing false statements
In order for the Police to prove their case at Court, they must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt.
- The accused was a director or officer of the company named.
- Whilst in that position, the accused made, circulated or published (or concurred in such action).
- A written statement relating to the affairs of the company.
- Which was false in a material particular.
- With intent to deceive (and defraud) the person named.
- The accused well knew of the falsity of the statement.
It will be necessary for the Police in every offence to prove that the accused was the person who committed the offence.
Possible Defences under Federal Law – Directors publishing false statements
Possible defences to this offence include but are not limited to:
In Federal which court will hear the matter – Directors publishing false statements
This matter is a Table 1 offence which means that either the DPP or an accused can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.