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12(1)A person commits an offence if he obtains compensation or increased compensation for himself or another person by deception.N.I.
(2)In sub-paragraph (1) “deception” means any deception (whether deliberate or reckless) by words or conduct as to fact or as to law, including a deception as to the present intentions of the person using the deception or any other person.
(3)A person commits an offence if for the purposes of obtaining compensation he—
(a)knowingly makes a false or misleading statement,
(b)makes a statement which he does not believe to be true, or
(c)knowingly fails to disclose a material fact.
(4)A person guilty of an offence under this paragraph shall be liable—
(a)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, to a fine or to both, or
(b)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both.
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