—(1) Every corporation which advertises, circulates or publishes any statement of the amount of its capital which is misleading, or in which the amount of capital or subscribed capital is stated but the amount of paid-up capital or the amount of any charge on uncalled capital is not stated as prominently as the amount of subscribed capital is stated, and every officer of the corporation who knowingly authorises, directs or consents to such advertising, circulation or publication shall be guilty of an offence.
(2) Every person who in any return, report, certificate, balance-sheet or other document required by or for the purposes of this Act wilfully makes or authorises the making of a statement false or misleading in any material particular knowing it to be false or misleading or wilfully omits or authorises the accession of any matter or thing without which the document is misleading in a material respect shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.
[62/70; 15/84; 5/2004]
(2A) Any person who, for any purpose under this Act —
lodges or files with or submits to the Registrar any document; or
authorises another person to lodge or file with or submit to the Registrar any document,
knowing that document to be false or misleading in a material respect, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (2), where a person at a meeting votes in favour of the making of a statement referred to in that subsection he shall be deemed to have authorised the making of that statement.
[UK, 1948, s. 438; Aust., 1961, s. 375]