Causing Wrong Entries to Be Made in Public Records

Causing Wrong Entries to Be Made in Public Records in Europe

Causing Wrong Entries to be Made in Public Records in Germany

Provisions relating to causing wrong entries to be made in public records in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Twenty-three, under the heading “Forgery,” located in Section 271 Causing wrong entries to be made in public records, which reads: (1) Whosoever causes declarations, negotiations or facts which are of relevance for rights or legal relationships to be recorded or stored in public documents, books, data storage media or registers as having been made or having occurred, when they either were not made or did not occur, or were made or occurred differently or were made by a person lacking a professed quality or by a different person, shall be liable to imprisonment of not more than three years or a fine. (2) Whosoever for the purpose of deception in legal commerce uses a false certification or stored data of the type indicated in subsection (1) above shall incur the same penalty. (3) If the offender acts for material gain or with the intent of enriching himself or a third person or of harming another person the penalty shall be imprisonment from three months to five years. (4) The attempt shall be punishable.

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  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to causing wrong entries to be made in public records is current as of 2010

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