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165—False statements

        (1)         A person must not in furnishing information, or compiling a record, under this Act make, or include in the record, a statement that is false or misleading in a material particular.

Maximum penalty: $10 000 or imprisonment for 6 months.

        (2)         On a charge of an offence under subsection (1), it is not necessary for the prosecutor to prove the state of mind of the defendant, but the defendant is entitled to be acquitted if the defendant proves that when making the statement the defendant believed and had reasonable grounds for believing it was true.

        (3)         This section applies to written and oral statements, and in respect of written and oral applications and requests.

        (4)         To avoid doubt, a record compiled under this Act is not false or misleading for the purposes of this Act merely because the record contains a spelling error.

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