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Administrative Failures of Professional Standards & Services Duty of Care

#1 User is offline   hukildaspida 

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 03:52 PM


In advance & to those reading this thread the context of this thread is to highlight the ongoing Failures by ACC to not get their facts right or treat people with the dignity & respect they are entitled to under LAW.

ACC owes these clients an apology for having treated them so badly & in doing so caused considerable ongoing unsolicited trauma.

We have reason to believe that the ACC clients in this thread should never have ever faced Criminal charges & certainally should never have been incarcerated.

http://www.acc.co.nz/ Investigations Unit needs a complete clean out of long standing staff.

Why weren't these people 'Better at Work'as ACC promote?

Who is at fault and going to made accountable for the same pattern of failures of informing injured people of their right to work & have the correct information on their Medical Certificates?

This has been going on for far too many years.
People are supposably healthier being at work & it certainally reduces dependency on the State.

Some of these cases show clearly these people made an effort to reduce dependency on http://www.acc.co.nz/ and wanted to regain their pre accident independence.

They were punished for more than likely not been informed they could have had "able to work as and when able, according to pain, xyz hours per day/week etc" on their Medical Certificates as opposed to "Fully Fit or Unfit".


They were also more than likely entitled to either Make Up Pay or Abated Earnings as it was subsequently referred to.


Rehabilitation is an entitlement under http://www.acc.co.nz/

Were these people provided with any form of Rehabilitation, i.e to retrain in another occupation?

If so what?

If not why not?

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Fraud A builder was convicted on five counts of ACC fraud when he appeared for sentencing yesterday.

Wayne Alexander Ralston, 46, admitted two charges of failing to advise ACC he was employed, two of failing to advise an increase in earnings and one of making a false statement that he was not fit to work -- all between June 26 and December 29, 1998.

Ralston earned $2560 from various building jobs and was overpaid $1271.16 from ACC but had since repaid $948.16, the court heard.

Defence counsel David Belsham said Ralston had fallen from a roof and injured his arm, which now seemed to be a permanent injury.

Ralston had decided to work as part of his rehabilitation but made a grave error in not advising the ACC, Mr Belsham said.

Ralston was fined $250 on each charge and reparation to ACC of $322.55.
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:01 PM

Who was responsible for ensuring Adrian Douglas COLLIER received Home Help?

Was he provided a list of people who could him with Home Help by http://www.acc.co.nz/ ?

Was he originally receiving his correct entitlements?

Has the Law been applied correctly?

It doesn't state in this case what his accident was.

Was he working reduced hours, which resulted in reduced earnings as a result of his original accident?

Maybe if someone knows him, they can ask him to post his side of things on either http://www.accforum.org or http://www.accfocus.org/ to update us and clarify his side of the situation.

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AN Ohai shearer yesterday admitted failing to tell ACC of his income when he appeared before Judge Phil Moran in the Invercargill District Court yesterday.

Adrian Douglas Collier, 38, shearer, of Ohai, yesterday admitted three charges of ACC fraud committed from 1994 until 1998.
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AN Ohai shearer yesterday admitted failing to tell ACC of his income when he appeared before Judge Phil Moran in the Invercargill District Court yesterday.

Adrian Douglas Collier
, 38, shearer, of Ohai, yesterday admitted three charges of ACC fraud committed from 1994 until 1998.

The court heard Collier was overpaid more than $20,000 by failing to accurately advise ACC of his shearing earnings during the period as well as claiming home help reimbursement for work that was not done.

Interviewed about the fraud Collier said he could not survive on what he was receiving from the ACC.

Collier is to appear for sentence on September 17.
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:04 PM

John Patrick Brosnan, 39, fisherman, of Temuka; ACC fraud; discharged without conviction on payment of $130 court costs and $250 towards the informant solicitor's costs.
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:21 PM

Fraud Dallas Charles Ladbrook, 29, meat worker, was fined a total of $800 and ordered to repay $1530.81 to ACC after admitting two charges of ACC fraud between May 29 and August 1995.

From Invercargill.
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:22 PM

Matthew Newman Walding, 25, dairy farm worker, of Waimate; ACC fraud (23 charges) -- sentenced to 150 hours' community service and ordered to pay $8346.54 reparation.
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:23 PM

ACC fraud brings four months PD

A labourer who pleaded guilty to seven charges of making false statements to ACC, obtaining $7801, was sentenced to periodic detention for four months.

Shaun Stanley Dicken, 23, was said by Judge Noble to have produced false statements, mainly medical certificates, to ACC to obtain funds.

The judge said it was a theft from the taxpayer, but to Dicken's credit he had started paying reparation.

Who fills out the Medical certificates?

A Medical Professional,his Doctor in this case, has legal obligations including Duty of Care, so do http://www.acc.co.nz staff and contracted agents.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:24 PM

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A five-year-old ACC fraud matter has finally been laid to rest in the High Court in Rotorua.

Bay of Plenty farmer Rodney Alan Caverhill was accused of stealing $18,133.57 from the Accident Rehabilitation and Compensation Insurance Corporation in 1993.

At a reparation hearing on March 7, 1997, the judge order Caverhill to pay $12,000 reparation and serve 200 hours community service, the amount to be paid within 28 days.

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ROTORUA -- A five-year-old ACC fraud matter has finally been laid to rest in the High Court in Rotorua.

Bay of Plenty farmer Rodney Alan Caverhill was accused of stealing $18,133.57 from the Accident Rehabilitation and Compensation Insurance Corporation in 1993.

He was found guilty yesterday after a defended hearing in the Whakatane District Court.

At a reparation hearing on March 7, 1997, the judge order Caverhill to pay $12,000 reparation and serve 200 hours community service, the amount to be paid within 28 days.

Caverhill appealed both his sentence and penalty on March 25, 1997, and the appeal was heard by Justice Potter nine months later on December 18.

Insufficient time to hear the ACC's submissions led to Justice Potter inviting the corporation to make their submissions in writing.

The ACC requested a rehearing, stating important and complex issues were to be raised. The hearing resumed on June 26 this year.

Eleven charges were laid against Caverhill -- 10 of fraudulently using a medical certificate and one of wilfully failing to inform the ACC that he was working. At the hearing Justice Potter quashed five of the fraud charges.

The ACC originally requested $18,133.57 reparation but between appeals increased the total to $22,417.89. Appearing for sentence, Caverhill through his counsel Roger Gowing, said the amount would be closer to between $5000 and $10,000, taking into account the money the ACC had paid before he started working again.

Justice Potter said she hoped her decision would see the end of the matter. She said she would take into account that the ACC's track record throughout the hearings had been less than satisfactory.


Justice Potter sentenced Caverhill to 100 hours community service and ordered him to pay ACC $7500.

The amount was to be paid within 28 days, otherwise such a ``lenient sentence'' would have been much greater. --NZPA

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:25 PM

ROTORUA -- A Rotorua horse trainer has denied defrauding ACC which claims he ran a horse-training business, a portable sawmill, and took royalties from tree-milling on his land while still accepting compensation.

Raymond Keith Fleming pleaded not guilty to nine fraud charges in the Rotorua District Court on Monday.

Crown prosecutor Jonothan Briscoe told the jury that Fleming had presented nine medical certificates from April 1995 to September 1996, noting he was unable to work because of a lung disease caused by inhaling pesticide. The corporation paid Fleming $38,079 over the 17 months.

Mr Briscoe said that while Fleming was accepting ACC payments, he was still operating his businesses, Prestige Racing and Mosgrove Holdings.

He was a shareholder and director of each. Prestige Racing was a horse-training company while Mosgrove Holdings was a small milling operation. Fleming purchased a portable sawmill which he operated at Mamaku, processing native timber.

The Crown also allege Fleming allowed part of his land to be milled and was paid royalties -- a total in excess of $100,000 -- from the logs extracted.

Mr Briscoe said Fleming was aware that he was obliged to let ACC know of any money he was earning but he deliberately did not.

He would say he did not take any of the money but that it went straight back into the businesses. However, as Fleming was a shareholder and director, he would reap the benefits, Mr Briscoe said. --NZPA

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 09:41 PM

These people ruin it for every honest claimant that now gets so many checks to see if we are legit.
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Posted 18 March 2011 - 11:47 PM

View PostCompassion, on 18 March 2011 - 09:41 PM, said:

These people ruin it for every honest claimant that now gets so many checks to see if we are legit.



Do you mean the people who were taken to Criminal Courts or those that Investigated them & ensured they were prosecuted under either the Crimes Act and/or the http://www.acc.co.nz/ act?

Whilst some may have been dishonest, others have more than likely, based on the balance of probabilities, just been trying to contribute to society as they had in the past without been provided Rehabilitation or been fully informed of their Legal Rights to have the correct information they should have had on their Medical Certificates.

Since when have clients of http://www.acc.co.nz/ been Legally Qualified to know what to write on Medical Certificates?

Did they ever see the style of the Medical Certificate prior to the Doctor/ Medical professional completing it?

They more than likely completed it without their knowing how the Certificate was styled.

Hence those concerned may not have known what information to provide or how that information may effect their entitlements, including that of their Earnings Related Compensation.

The style and wording of Medical Certificates have changed on a considerable number of occasions since the conception on http://acc.co.nz and what it was originally founded for.

To the best of our knowledge and from memory up to at least aound 1990, the client didn't have to sign it, it was only the Medical Professional.

All these factors add up at the end of the day and contribute to where Systematic Administrative Failures of Duty of Care have, unfortunately, repeatedly arisen.

Duty of Care by http://www.acc.co.nz/ and Medical Professionals has unfortunately been lacking in many cases.

Without knowing the full facts to each case it is not possible to comment on individuals concerned.

Maybe they can let us all know their side of the story.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 12:01 PM

View PostCompassion, on 18 March 2011 - 09:41 PM, said:

These people ruin it for every honest claimant that now gets so many checks to see if we are legit.


I'm not being done for fraud but I can totally see how you couldget tangled in the system. What concerns me most is how
easily these people have SERIOUS charges being made but would the charges hold up in a criminal court? The burden of
proof would be far too high as you would have to prove that they "knew" what they were doing.

More worrisome is the idea that instead of repairing the system they would rather spend money on investigations and
convictions. Common sense needs to be brought to ACC - it would save this country $$$'s and prevent timewasting
and character defaming convictions.

Thanks Hu' for providing us with the info.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:12 PM

Note the clients pre accident occupation is not refered to in this article.

Why not?


A Hamilton man has been convicted for fraudulently claiming more than $18,000 in ACC compensation.

Murray Allen Booth pleaded guilty to charges under ACC's own Act in Hamilton District Court.

Between April 2007 and May 2008, Mr Booth provided medical certificates stating that he was unable to return to work but ACC discovered he had been working as a telemarketer, the court was told.

During this period he collected a total of $18,784.02 in weekly compensation to cover lost earnings.

He was sentenced to 190 hours of community work and ordered to repay the money in full.

ACC welcomed the conviction.

"ACC levies are intended to help injured people not fraudsters and we work hard to make sure that happens," said general manager of claims management, Denise Cosgrove.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:13 PM

http://www.stuff.co....-fraud-remanded

27/07/2010

A man accused of ACC fraud was yesterday remanded without plea to reappear in the Queenstown District Court next month.

The 53-year-old faces 19 charges of using documents to obtain a pecuniary advantage, two charges of failing to provide income increases to the ACC and two charges of misleading the corporation, on dates between November 2005 and March this year.

Judge Phillips said he was in an invidious position because the man's lawyer was not in court and instructions to the duty solicitor did not tally with counsel's instructions.

He granted continuing bail, interim name suppression and remanded the defendant to appear on August 9.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:15 PM

http://www.stuff.co....tion-overturned

28/05/2009

The Supreme Court has overturned a Timaru man's convictions for defrauding the Accident Compensation Corporation.

Eric Barry Stewart claimed that in his closing address the prosecuting counsel at his trial attacked a key defence witness in intemperate and unjustified language and told the jury that Stewart and other defence witnesses lied to try to avoid Stewart's conviction.

As a consequence the trial was not fair and resulted in a miscarriage of justice.

Upholding Stewart's appeal, the court found that the prosecutor's conduct was so blatant a departure from good practice and so prejudicial that the trial was unfair and a substantial miscarriage of justice occurred.

The judges set aside Stewart's conviction but because he had already served his sentence the Crown did not seek a retrial.

Stewart had been sentenced in Timaru District Court to three years' jail after being found guilty of wrongfully receiving payments totalling $171,000.

Mr Barry Stewart should never have been brought before the Courts in the first place & for that ACC should hang their heads in shame.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:20 PM

http://www.stuff.co..../court/4006839/

10/08/2010

Fraud charges
A man accused of ACC fraud was remanded on bail for a status hearing and post-committal conference. The 53-year-old faces 19 charges of using documents to obtain a pecuniary advantage, two charges of failing to provide income increases to the ACC and two charges of misleading the corporation, on dates between November 2005 and March this year.

Judge Flatley granted continuing name suppression but called for written submissions at the next status hearing to address suppression.

He remanded the defendant on bail to an August 23 status hearing on summarily laid matters and an October 8 post-committal hearing on electable trial-by-jury matters.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:25 PM

http://www.stuff.co....lnerable-friend

Conman fleeced vulnerable 'friend'

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Last updated 05:00 06/11/2010

A brazen conman befriended a lonely, brain-damaged man, then helped himself to his bank account and sold his car.

It is at least the second time the New Plymouth man, who worked as a caregiver, has fleeced a vulnerable beneficiary (client) in the city.

The case has disgusted investigating police. They say similarly defenceless people in the community are easy targets for the unscrupulous.

Kerry David Smith, 45, listed as unemployed, pleaded guilty in the New Plymouth District Court on Wednesday to selling the car, belonging to his ACC beneficiary (client) victim, to a secondhand car dealer.

The beneficiary(surivor) had been left with brain damage after suffering severe head injuries in a motorbike accident and was unable to drive his car because he was suffering seizures.

Smith said he would put it in storage for him. Instead, he sold it.

In total, Smith admitted 18 counts of fraud.

During that time, he stole at least $10,000 from his victim's bank account.

He also pleaded guilty to another count of obtaining by deception and the theft of the car, a Toyota Carib.

His victim, in his 50s, has no family in New Plymouth and little contact with them, the police investigation found.

The Taranaki Daily News has chosen not to name the victim because of his health issues.

A doctor determined he had limited comprehension or ability to manage his own financial affairs or to make reasonably informed decisions.

The court was told that the victim continues to believe the lies he was told by Smith, who he believes is his friend.

Officer in charge of the case Detective Nicky Spicer, of the New Plymouth CIB, said yesterday it was tragic that people like Smith were able to deliberately target the vulnerable in the community and take advantage of them.

"It's sad there are people out there that fall through the cracks and he's [the victim] certainly one of them," Ms Spicer said.

The detective said agencies should be looking into the flaws in the system to stop it happening in future and should ensure that someone was responsible for such defenceless people.

"In an ideal world that would be nice, that they do look after the people that can't look after themselves. It opens them right up to people like Kerry Smith to come in and take advantage of them."

Smith has several convictions for fraud, including one for ripping off another ACC beneficiary, she said.

A second detective, Paula Drewery, now of Kaitaia, who dealt with the earlier fraud in 2006, said Smith appeared to be a friendly, jovial man and she was shocked he had managed to get away with it again. "He's a devious, calculating and manipulative man who can't lie straight in bed."


Housing Corporation staff were the first to alert police when the victim continued to get behind in his rent.

Smith had first met and befriended his victim when Smith was working at a New Plymouth rest home. He became the victim's close and only friend, doing jobs for him and taking him shopping.

When police spoke to Smith he admitted having access to the victim's bank account and withdrawing sums of money. But he said it was a friendly arrangement between the two that he would borrow money from him from time to time.

Judge Allan Roberts told Smith's lawyer, Turitea Bolstad, that prison was inevitable.

Smith was remanded on bail to December 17 for sentence.

ACC's national rehabilitation services manager Mike Tully said ACC was pleased a guilty plea had been entered. ACC helped bring the fraud to the attention of police.

"It was our close relationship with the client that enabled us to spot something was wrong and then, along with Housing NZ, ensure the appropriate authorities were called in."

In general, ACC clients were no more at risk of being targeted by fraudsters than anyone else, he said. "But they can rest assured that if we suspect they are at risk or are being targeted then we will act to help them," Mr Tully said.

Smith had his photo in the Taranaki Daily News earlier this year as a good Samaritan when he handed over an All Blacks-Ireland ticket to a young boy who forgot to take his to the match. Smith said at the time he liked to help people.

- Taranaki Daily News

That of course includes been taken for a ride & not been fully informed what should be included on Medical Certificates ACC's national rehabilitation services manager Mike Tully
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:35 PM

Another case where care giver payments should have been paid directly to the Caregiver and it may well have and more than likely based on balance of probabilities would've prevented this from occurring.



http://www.stuff.co....ts-50-000-fraud

14/12/201

A wheelchair-bound man is fighting to keep his name suppressed after admitting $50,000 of benefit fraud.

Continued suppression was refused by Judge Michael Radford for the 54-year-old man at his sentencing on seven charges in Christchurch District Court today.

The man received a six-month home detention sentence and was ordered to pay $5000 back to the Ministry of Health at $10 a week, but it is only a 10th of the amount he admitted defrauding through claims for home carer payments over about four years.

The man had admitted five charges of dishonestly using documents and two of forgery. They were representative charges referring to repeat offending. The man had pleaded guilty after the crown agreed that the representative charges could replace the original 157 individual charges.

As soon as the suppression was lifted, defence counsel Hamish Evans sought that it to be continued so he could appeal the decision in the High Court.

Judge Radford gave him until 4pm on Friday to file the appeal papers, and the suppression will continue until the case is heard. If the papers are not filed, it will lapse on Friday. Any appeal is unlikely to be heard before next year.

The Ministry of Health said it was acting on paperwork filed by the man - and trust - in making payments to him to pay for his home carers, but he was paying much less to the carers each payday.

Crown prosecutor Deirdre Elsmore
cited one case where the ministry paid the man $48,000 for the work by a woman carer, who received only about $10,000.

Mr Evans urged Judge Radford to continue the suppression saying that his client faced significant issues in his life and was "on a knife edge in regard to his physical and mental health".

Judge Radford said the issues facing the man did not outweigh the public interest and he refused final suppression. He said the offending had been a significant breach of trust which went on over several years.

He noted that the man was a first offender.


Mr Evans had told the court his client was "effectively insolvent" and there was no suggestion of him living more than a subsistence lifestyle. He had no issues with addictions or gambling.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:38 PM

http://www.stuff.co....r-ACC-fraudster

30/03/2010

An Auckland woman has been sentenced to seven months home detention for defrauding ACC out of thousands of dollars.

Helen Elizabeth Spray appeared in North Shore District Court yesterday on four charges under the Crimes and ACC Acts.

The court was told Spray had lied to ACC about her situation and received weekly compensation over eight or nine months, totalling $8000, to which she was not entitled.

Spray had since repaid the money.

"ACC manages public money and takes a zero-tolerance approach to fraud. ACC levies are intended to help injured people not fraudsters and we work hard to make sure that happens," ACC general manager of claims management Denise Cosgrove said.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:46 PM

http://www.stuff.co....-hits-1-million

08/03/2010

Fraudulent care support claims have cost the taxpayer more than $1 million in the past five years.

Eighty one people have been prosecuted and another 15 cases are still under investigation according to Ministry of Health figures released to the Otago Daily Times under the Official Information Act.

The allowance is paid to people who help full-time carers for the disabled to take time out. Friends, neighbours and some family members are eligible.

Acting national risk manager Michael Moore said the ministry had a dedicated investigator of claims to tackle offending, as well as educational programmes to service providers and needs assessors.

There was also an 0800 number so people could report suspicious claims.

Health Minister Tony Ryall said the very small number of cases of dishonesty were taken seriously and prosecution was likely.

"We want money intended for health services to be spent on health services."


Administrative Failures need to be rectified to prevent this happening.

If the money was paid directly to the caregiver as opposed to the person requiring these services maybe these issues wouldn't arise in the first place.

Surely it would also reduce the stress the people who require these services are under if they simplified the way these processes are currently conducted.

It would also reduce the load on the Criminal Courts which should be directed to other matters.

Simplification and Commonsense go a long way.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 03:07 PM

http://www.stuff.co....al/crime/569229

07/08/2008

A Canterbury businesswoman has been found guilty of defrauding the ACC of more than $20,000.

Margaret Churchman-Watson who incorporated Two Thick-Bricks Professional Bricklaying Company Ltd in 2003, was found guilty in Christchurch District Court on three charges of misleading ACC between August 2003 and July 2004.

Ms Churchman-Watson was sentenced to undergo 200 hours of community service.

ACC said it was seeking to recover more than $20,000 paid as a result of the fraud.

ACC chief operating officer Gerard McGreevy said ACC takes a zero tolerance policy to fraud.

"The money we pay in replacement income to injured people is funded by levies charged to New Zealanders, so we need to ensure that it is going to injured people, who are genuinely unable to work.

"It's unfortunate that some people still try to defraud ACC by claiming income replacement while working, but it's also positive that we have measures in place to find out when this is happening and deal with it appropriately."


Mr Gerard McGreevy should be more than versant that clients of http://www.acc.co.nz/ are legally entitled to Social and Vocational Rehabilitation along with Make Up pay or Abated Earnings under the provisions of the http://acc.co.nz/ Acts.

Based on the balance of probabilities it was Gerard McGreevy's responsibility as Chief Operating Manager of http://www.acc.co.nz, at the time, to ensure staff under his Leadership complied with fully informing clients of this as and when these matters arose and addressed them in a conducive manner.

Gerard McGreevy has a Duty of Care to injured people.

Doesn't he?

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