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Credit Unions Act 1979

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28Provisions as to offences

(1)Subject to subsections (2) and (3) below, in sections 61 to 66 and section 68 of the 1965 Act (general provisions as to offences by registered societies, their officers and others) as they apply to credit unions references to the 1965 Act shall include references to this Act.

(2)Section 63 of the 1965 Act (continuing act or default to constitute a new offence every week) shall not apply to an offence under section 12(5) above.

(3)Without prejudice to the operation of subsection (1) above in relation to offences under the 1965 Act committed by or in relation to a credit union, section 66(2) of that Act (extension of time limit for summary prosecutions in certain cases) shall not apply to proceedings for an offence under this Act.

(4)Where under section 62 of the 1965 Act (offences by registered societies to be also offences by officers, etc.) as it applies by virtue of subsection (1) above an individual is convicted on indictment of an offence under this Act, he shall be liable not only to a fine but, in the alternative or in addition, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

(5)Where an offence under this Act which has been committed by a body corporate other than a registered society is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or similar officer of the body corporate, or any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity, he as well as the body corporate shall be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(6)In any proceedings for an offence under this Act it shall be a defence for the person charged to prove that he took all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of such an offence by himself or any person under his control.

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