231 Knowingly making false statement or using false document to obtain benefit

(1)

A person commits an offence if the person knowingly, for the purpose of obtaining any benefit under this Act,—

(a)

makes any false or misleading statement; or

(b)

omits any information—

in any communication, application, record, or return prescribed by or in accordance with this Act, or required for its administration.

(2)

Every person commits an offence who knowingly, for the purpose of obtaining any benefit under this Act,—

(a)

uses, deals with, or acts upon; or

(b)

causes any other person to use, deal with, or act upon—

any false communication, application, record, or return prescribed by or in accordance with this Act, or required for its administration.

(3)

Every person who commits an offence against subsection (1) or subsection (2) is liable to the penalty set out in section 252(1).

Section 231 heading: amended, on 1 October 2001, by section 52 of the Fisheries Act 1996 Amendment Act 1999 (1999 No 101).

Section 231(1): substituted, on 1 October 2001, by section 52 of the Fisheries Act 1996 Amendment Act 1999 (1999 No 101).