Backdating contracts can be a crime

This very old golden oldie came into IP Draughts’ mind today as a result of a news report in today’s Law Society Gazette that a solicitor had been struck off for backdating a document. So there is another reason for not misdating contracts!

IP Draughts

A BBC report on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn story today states:

Mr Strauss-Kahn’s apparent decision to fight the case echoes an earlier episode where he chose to tackle a legal problem head-on.  In 1999, he resigned as France’s minister of economy and finance, to focus on his defence against an accusation that he backdated documents to justify his consultancy fees for work on a student health insurance fund.  He was acquitted in 2001.

Further information on this story appears in a Los Angeles Times news report here.

IP Draughts is unfamiliar with the French law on backdating documents, but can provide some insight into English law in this area.  Section 1 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 provides:

A person is guilty of forgery if he makes a false instrument, with the intention that he or another shall use it to induce somebody to accept it as genuine, and…

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