Serious Fraud Office Act 1990

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Miscellaneous offences and penalties

45 Offence to obstruct investigation, etc

Every person commits an offence, and is liable on conviction,—

(a)

in the case of an individual, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding $15,000:

(b)

in the case of a corporation, to a fine not exceeding $40,000,—

who,—

(c)

without lawful justification or excuse, resists, obstructs, or delays any member of the Serious Fraud Office in the exercise of any power conferred by section 9; or

(d)

without lawful justification or excuse, refuses or fails to—

(i)

attend before the Director; or

(ii)

answer any question; or

(iii)

supply any information; or

(iv)

produce any document; or

(v)

provide any explanation; or

(vi)

comply with any other requirement,—

as required pursuant to the exercise of any power conferred by section 9; or

(e)

in the course of complying with any requirement imposed pursuant to section 5 or section 9, gives an answer to any question, or supplies any information, or produces any document, or provides any explanation, knowing that it is false or misleading in a material particular or being reckless as to whether it is so false or misleading.

Compare: 1989 No 11 ss 20, 70

Section 45: amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).