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The Theft (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

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Dishonestly retaining a wrongful creditN.I.

4.—(1) After section 23 of the [1969 c. 16 (N.I.).] Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 there shall be inserted the following section—

Dishonestly retaining a wrongful credit.

23A.(1) A person is guilty of an offence if—

(a)a wrongful credit has been made to an account kept by him or in respect of which he has any right or interest;

(b)he knows or believes that the credit is wrongful; and

(c)he dishonestly fails to take such steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to secure that the credit is cancelled.

(2) References to a credit are to a credit of an amount of money.

(3) A credit to an account is wrongful if it is the credit side of a money transfer obtained contrary to section 15A.

(4) A credit to an account is also wrongful to the extent that it derives from—


(b)an offence under section 15A;

(c)blackmail; or

(d)stolen goods.

(5) In determining whether a credit to an account is wrongful, it is immaterial (in particular) whether the account is overdrawn before or after the credit is made.

(6) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years.

(7) Subsection (8) applies for purposes of provisions of this Act relating to stolen goods (including subsection (4)).

(8) References to stolen goods include money which is dishonestly withdrawn from an account to which a wrongful credit has been made, but only to the extent that the money derives from the credit.

(9) In this section “account” and “money” shall be construed in accordance with section 15B.


(2) This Article applies to wrongful credits made on or after the day on which this Order comes into operation.

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