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ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING AND COUNTER-TERRORISM FINANCING ACT 2006 - SECT 137

Producing false or misleading documents

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person produces a document to:

                              (i)  the AUSTRAC CEO; or

                             (ii)  an authorised officer; or

                            (iii)  a customs officer; or

                            (iv)  a police officer; or

                             (v)  a reporting entity; or

                            (vi)  a person acting on a reporting entity's behalf; and

                     (b)  the person does so knowing that the document is false or misleading; and

                     (c)  the document is produced, or purportedly produced, under:

                              (i)  this Act; or

                             (ii)  a provision of the regulations or of the AML/CTF Rules, if the regulations or Rules (as applicable) state that this section applies to that provision.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 10 years or 10,000 penalty units, or both.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the document is not false or misleading in a material particular.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

             (3)  Strict liability applies to the paragraph (1)(c) element of the offence.

Note:          For strict liability , see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code .



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