18. Inspection of records

    (1) All books and records of accounts or other written records that are required to be kept under this Act by a licensee, shall at all reasonable times be open to inspection by any person duly authorised in writing in that behalf by the Minister either generally or in any particular case.

    (2) Upon the production of his written authority a person authorised as provided in subsection (1), may require any licensee or in his absence any employee or agent of the licensee for the time being having the apparent control or charge of the office or place of business of the licensed

    (a) to produce for inspection

    (i) all books, papers, accounts or other documents relating to the trust account of the licensee;

    (ii) all records of accounts required to be kept by the licensee in accordance with section 17; and

    (iii) all contracts; agreements or other documents relating to any transaction by or with the licensee in connection with his business as a debt collector, in the possession, custody or control of the licensee;

    (b) to furnish all authorities and orders to bankers as may be reasonably required of him; and

    (c) to answer any questions or supply any information with respect to any of those books, papers, accounts, written records, contracts, agreements or other documents or any entry in any of them.

    (3) Any person authorised as referred to in subsection (2), may make notes, copies or extracts of or from any of those books, papers, accounts, written records, contracts, agreements or other documents so referred to.

    (4) A person who

    (a) wilfully delays or obstructs any person so authorised in the exercise of his powers or functions under this section;

    (b) on demand refuses or fails to produce any books, papers, accounts, written records, contracts, agreements or other documents required for inspection under this section in his possession, custody or control;

    (c) on demand refuses or fails to furnish any authorities and orders to bankers as may be reasonably required of him under this section; or

    (d) on demand refuses or fails without lawful excuse to answer truthfully any questions relating to any books, papers, accounts, written records, contracts, agreements or other documents required for inspection under this section,

    is guilty of an offence against this Act.

    (5) A person is not required under this section to answer any question or give any information that tends to incriminate him.



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