Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Home detention for "wheelchair bound" claimant

Home detention for Ashburton man who presented himself as wheelchair-dependent to prolong ACC cover

An Ashburton man has been sentenced for fraudulently receiving ACC assistance after he presented himself as wheelchair-bound at medical appointments, but was seen driving and walking unaided during his everyday activities.

Leslie Tamateatu Urquhart-Barrett, 55, was sentenced to seven months’ home detention, and ordered to pay $4,031.21 in reparation; $960 in prosecution costs, and $2,070 in witness expenses when he was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court on 12 February.

Urquhart-Barrett, a truck driver, injured his back and shoulder in a workplace accident in 2006. He received weekly compensation until August 2010.

After complaining of mobility restrictions in 2008, Urquhart-Barrett underwent surgery, and received home help and the use of a wheelchair. He continued to provide ACC with medical certificates stating that he was unfit for work.

Growing concerns from Urquhart-Barrett’s case manager led to an investigation being undertaken in 2010, during which Urquhart-Barrett was seen driving his car and walking unaided, although he continued to use his wheelchair when attending medical appointments.


Urquhart-Barrett did not inform ACC that he only used his wheelchair for meetings, preventing ACC from correctly assessing his appropriate level of rehabilitation and assistance.

Urquhart-Barrett was aware that he had a responsibility to advise ACC of any change in circumstances, and acknowledged his signature on the ACC165 “Declaration of Rights and Responsibilities” form.

ACC’s General Manager of Claims Management, Sid Miller, says it is always disappointing when people choose to abuse the ACC Scheme for financial gain.

“ACC collects levies to help people with genuine injury-related needs. Mr Urquhart-Barrett’s offending therefore amounts to theft from honest, hard-working New Zealanders.”

Mr Miller adds that “ACC has a dedicated Investigations Unit, which follows up all tip-offs received about possible fraud. The unit is committed to ensuring appropriate action is taken when anyone is found to be defrauding ACC.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river.

“Despite an explicit assurance from Minister Smith that the new water standards would provide for human and ecosystem health, he has failed to deliver on either of these things,” says Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:


Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news