Reckless or Fraudulent Trading

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If in the winding up of a company or in any proceeding against the company…
Section 339(3) of the Companies Act

It appears that an officer of the company knowingly incurs debts where there is no reasonable expectation of repayment.

Who is an officer of the court?

  • Any director or secretary;
  • A person employed in an executive capacity;
  • A recivever annd manager of any part of the undertaking of the cooerperation
  • Any liquidator of a company appointed in a voluntary winding up.

Sentence: Fine not exceeding $15,000 and imprisonment for up to 7 years

Section 340(1) & (5) of the Companies Act

Any person who was knowingly a party to the carrying on of any business of the company…

  • With the intent to defraud creditors of the company;
  • With the intent to defraud creditors of any other person;
  • For any fraudulent purpose.

Sentence: Fine not exceeding $2,000 or imprisonment for up to 3 months.

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Investigation, subsequent charges– to court representation and appeal if needed.


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