Crimes Act 1961

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258 Altering, concealing, destroying, or reproducing documents with intent to deceive

(1)

Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years who, with intent to obtain by deception any property, privilege, service, pecuniary advantage, benefit, or valuable consideration, or to cause loss to any other person,—

(a)

alters, conceals, or destroys any document, or causes any document to be altered, concealed, or destroyed; or

(b)

makes a document or causes a document to be made that is, in whole or in part, a reproduction of any other document.

(2)

An offence against subsection (1) is complete as soon as the alteration or document is made with the intent referred to in that subsection, although the offender may not have intended that any particular person should—

(a)

use or act upon the document altered or made; or

(b)

act on the basis of the absence of the document concealed or destroyed; or

(c)

be induced to do or refrain from doing anything.

(3)

Every person is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years who, without reasonable excuse, sells, transfers, or otherwise makes available any document knowing that—

(a)

the document was altered, concealed, or made, in whole or in part, as a reproduction of another document; and

(b)

the document was dealt with in the manner specified in paragraph (a) with intent to—

(i)

obtain any property, privilege, service, pecuniary advantage, benefit, or valuable consideration; or

(ii)

cause loss to any other person.

Compare: 1961 No 43 ss 231, 256, 266A

Section 258: replaced, on 1 October 2003, by section 15 of the Crimes Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 39).

Section 258(3): inserted, on 7 November 2015, by section 18 of the Crimes Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 95).