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Acc In Otago Daily Times 11-9-06 Re Fraud ACC Staff Act As Members of the Police

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  Posted 11 September 2006 - 08:44 AM

Ok folks this is in the ODT today. Be wary of the unjust actions that ACC get up to when conducting a fraud investigation.

Confidential information to be protected, group told

By John Gibb Monday, 11th September 2006

Police have assured ACC support group Acclaim Otago that confidential “third party information” will be protected during a fraud investigation.

On September 1, police, accompanied by two ACC employees, executed a search warrant at the address of a Dunedin ACC claimant and support group member and removed computer equipment, Acclaim Otago says.

Group spokeswoman Denise Powell said the group was concerned that confidential information, some about meetings and identifying group members, was stored on a computer which had been removed.

Four Acclaim representatives subsequently met police Acting District Commander Detective Inspector Ross Pinkham in Dunedin last week and discussed maintaining the confidentiality of group information unrelated to the police investigation.

Det Insp Pinkham had assured the representatives that “all of our information was safe” and that nothing beyond what was sought in the warrant would be provided to ACC staff, Ms Powell said.

These reassurances had removed some of the group’s concerns, but the group nevertheless wrote to ACC chief executive Dr Jan White early last week, raising ACC-related issues and sending a copy to all Otago MPs, she said.

An Acclaim executive member who had arrived during the search had seen an ACC employee searching belongings in a garage at the premises, but not supervised by a police officer, the letter said.

Another employee had looked at information on a computer, while supervised by police.

Ms Powell said that, by law, ACC staff could assist police but were not permitted to search unsupervised.

Acclaim Otago said it did not condone fraud but urged Dr White to “take urgent steps to initiate a complete overhaul” of the procedures of ACC fraud investigation staff while warrants were being executed.

Det Inspector Pinkham said police officers involved had met again on Friday and further discussed procedures to safeguard the confidentiality of information not involved in the investigation.

Group members had acted responsibly by raising the issue with police, he said in an interview.

Concerns which had been raised about aspects of the search would be investigated, he said.

In response to Otago Daily Times questions, Dr White said ACC took fraud “very seriously”.

“However, we absolutely accept that while investigating fraud there are legal and privacy boundaries that must be respected. We have protocols and procedures in place to ensure this happens.”

ACC staff could accompany police when ACC fraud-linked warrants were being executed “because they have the expertise to know whether particular items are germane to the warrant.”

It was not appropriate to comment on details of the case while it was under investigation, she said.
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Posted 13 September 2006 - 09:06 AM

you VENAMOUS BUNCH OF WANNA BE SPIES ..... go work in Iraq where there's NO RULES - FILTHY ANAL BLOOD FARTS - hey the ACC Fraud Investigation person (he knows who he is) LIED UNDER OATH on the witness stand at my court case and the Private Investigator mimicked his LIES .... so full of themselves .... really you are disgusting people (whoops your not even people) I know nicer more trust worthy criminals !!!!
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Posted 24 September 2006 - 10:32 AM

When are we going to see fairplay and ACC staff thoroughly investigated for fraud when complaints are made? For instance I was told by casemanager Glen Bradley that the then Greymouth branch manager, Julie Beynon kept claimants ACC files on her home computer. This was illegal as so many of their actions are. Yet nothing gets done. An enquiry even is petitioned for and ignored. Yet these Gestapo types have the Government and the New Zealand police force at their beck and call. Once again; when the decision was made to investigate the claim for fraud, a decision on the claim was made. Was the claimant offered review rights to that decision on the claim? If the legal review and appeal rights and procedure were followed perhaps we would see less of this heavy handed bullying tactic. No one likes fraud. But when I look at what these bastards get away with. Billions of dollars worth of claimant entitlements. Then my heart cries out for justice equal to all and ACC to be investigated by something more than Government puppets.
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