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Investment Company Act of 1940

Section 34 -- Destruction and Falsification of Reports and Records

  1. Willful destruction. It shall be unlawful for any person, except as permitted by rule, regulation, or order of the Commission, willfully to destroy, mutilate, or alter any account, book, or other document the preservation of which has been required pursuant to section 31(a) or 32(c) [15 USCS § § 80a-30(a) or 80a-31(c)].

  2. Untrue statements or omissions. It shall be unlawful for any person to make any untrue statement of a material fact in any registration statement, application, report, account, record, or other document filed or transmitted pursuant to this title or the keeping of which is required pursuant to section 31(a) [15 USCS § 80a-30(a)]. It shall be unlawful for any person so filing, transmitting, or keeping any such document to omit to state therein any fact necessary in order to prevent the statements made therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, from being materially misleading. For the purposes of this subsection, any part of any such document which is signed or certified by an accountant or auditor in his capacity as such shall be deemed to be made, filed, transmitted, or kept by such accountant or auditor, as well as by the person filing, transmitting, or keeping the complete document.

Legislative History

Aug. 22, 1940, ch 686, Title I, § 34, 54 Stat. 840.

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