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85Offences in connection with share warrants in Scotland

(1)If in Scotland any person—

(a)with intent to defraud, forges or alters, or offers, utters, disposes of, or puts off, knowing the same to be forged or altered, any share warrant or coupon, or any document purporting to be a share warrant or coupon, issued in pursuance of this Act; or

(b)by means of any such forged or altered share warrant, coupon, or document, purporting as aforesaid, demands or endeavours to obtain or receive any share or interest in any company under this Act, or to receive any dividend or money payable in respect thereof, knowing the warrant, coupon; or document to be forged or altered;

he shall on conviction thereof be liable, at the discretion of the court, to be kept in penal servitude for life or for any term not less than three years.

(2)If in Scotland any person without lawful authority or excuse, proof whereof shall lie on him,—

(a)engraves or makes on any plate, wood, stone, or other material, any share warrant or coupon purporting to be—

(i)a share warrant or coupon issued or made by any particular company in pursuance of this Act; or

(ii)a blank share warrant or coupon so issued or made; or

(iii)a part of such a share warrant or coupon; or

(b)uses any such plate, wood, stone, or other material, for the making or printing of any such share warrant or coupon, or of any such blank share warrant or coupon, or any part thereof respectively; or

(c)knowingly has in his custody or possession any such plate, wood, stone, or other material;

he shall on conviction thereof be liable, at the discretion of the court, to be kept in penal servitude for any term not exceeding fourteen years, and not less than three years.

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