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Auckland Man Convicted Of Making Fraudulent ACC Claims

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Auckland District Court
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The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has welcomed the conviction and sentencing of Michael Christopher Cruickshank after a nine-day trial in Auckland District Court.

Mr Cruickshank, of Birkenhead, was convicted last week (21 July) of fraud against ACC.

In October 2005, Mr Cruickshank submitted a medical certificate to ACC stating that he was unable to resume any work duties, including heavy lifting and bending. During the period covered by the medical certificate he collected weekly compensation to cover lost earnings.

However, an ACC investigation revealed that he had been working up to and during the period covered by the medical certificate. This work included renovating, painting and tiling a food hall and a house.

Mr Cruickshank was sentenced to four months home detention and ordered to repay ACC $5,000.

"ACC levies are intended to help injured people not fraudsters and ACC has a dedicated fraud unit that works hard to make sure that happens.

"Any person thinking of defrauding ACC needs to be aware that it is not if they will be caught but when," said ACC's General Manager of Claims Management Denise Cosgrove.

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