Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Tip-off sees woman convicted after lying to claim ACC

ACC media release

27 June 2013

Tip-off sees woman convicted after lying about relationship to claim ACC

A Pukekohe woman has been convicted of defrauding ACC after lying about her relationship status to receive $106,829.46 of ACC compensation payments.

Brenetta Hemi was convicted of one charge of dishonestly using documents and one charge of making a false statutory declaration under sections 228 and 111 of the Crimes Act 1961.

Hemi was sentenced by Judge Blackie in the Manukau District Court today to seven months, two weeks home detention and ordered to continue receiving counselling throughout this period and for the following six months.

Hemi’s former de facto partner died in June 2009 as a result of a workplace accident. In July 2009, ACC received an Advice of Accidental Death form from Ms Hemi stating that she had been in a de facto relationship and living with the deceased at the time of the accident.

Hemi also signed a declaration that the details given to ACC were correct, and on this basis ACC granted a one-off survivor’s grant of $5653.66 as well as weekly compensation for five years. In May 2010, Hemi accepted a lump sum payment of $77,711 in lieu of ongoing weekly compensation payments.

In July 2010 ACC received a tip-off from a member of the community alleging that Hemi had not lived with the deceased for over eight years. An investigation followed, establishing that Hemi had separated from him in 2004.

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

“We appreciate the support we get from people who alert us to possible wrongdoing.

“Kiwis pay ACC levies to help people with genuine injury-related needs – not so that people can misuse ACC for their own personal gain.

“ACC has an Investigations Unit which follows up all information we receive, to investigate where fraudulent activity may be involved and take appropriate action when criminal offending is identified.”


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

17 Year Sentences In Baby Moko Case: Attorney General On Plea Bargain

“The Crown’s decisions in this case, including the decision to accept the manslaughter pleas, were motivated by the need to secure convictions for this horrendous killing and to avoid the significant risk that either of the defendants could escape such a conviction because of evidential issues.” More>>

ALSO:

No Rail For New Harbour Crossing: National Giving Up On Rail In Auckland

The National Government’s decision to scrap two planned rail lines in Auckland shows it is giving up on a city-wide rail network in Auckland, and on thousands of commuters who sit in traffic jams every single day, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news