Abuse of the Accident Compensation Scheme
ACC Compensation claims for Sexual Abuse
Reintroduction of Lump Sum Compensation for Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Possibility of fraudulent claims
The Wakefield Scam.
b. False Sex Allegations
False Allegations of Rape and
Last updated January 18, 2002
- The Press - Anthrax scare for law firm
by Andrew Moffat,
A nationwide mailout by
a Christchurch law firm seeking business from sexual abuse victims has prompted at least
one unwelcome reply.
- The Star - Lump Sum Payments
Letter, by D Hamilton.
So lump sum payments will be made for successful claims of sexual abuse, starting April
Fools Day, 2002
- The Herald - Woman admits drug rape claim invented
woman lied to police that she had been raped and then made a false ACC claim, the Tauranga
District Court was told yesterday.
- The Herald - False rape complaints irk police
complaints are frustrating and breed suspicion among police, a police officer says.
- Southland Times - Law firm's fee mode over
By Karen Arnold
A Southland woman who
suffered sexual abuse could be entitled to compensation, despite ACC not advising her
- Otago Daily Times - Following the money
allowing lump sum payments to sexual abuse victims could be vulnerable to fraudulent
- Evening Post - Brash warns on publicity
An abduction and sexual
attack complaint that proved false had caused unwarranted bad publicity for Porirua, Mayor
Jenny Brash says.
- Dominion - False Witness
by Sarah Prestwood,
Rape is a sickening
crime that can blight the victim's life, so why would any woman want to invent it
- Evening Post - Rape tales breed police suspicion
False rape complaints
breed suspicion among police, an experienced investigator says.
- Daily News - ACC legislation getting more than accidental going over
accident Compensation Commission was set up to care for accident victims and prevent New
Zealand going down the same expensive path as the United States.
- Usenet - ACC Statistics - New claims for sex abuse
Statistics 1988 to 2001, compiled by Gordon Waugh
including the amazing increase in ACC claims from 1988 to 1993
- Sunday Star Times - Money for old sex abuse
page C4 by Frank Haden
- Sunday Star Times - Past forgotten in ACC shift
Editorial, ACC compensation with reference to Creche case
- The Herald - ACC Fraud Unit gets $1 million back
Compensation Corporation recovered more than $1 million from fraudulent claimants last
- Manawatu Evening Standard - Great care needed on sex abuse
There's a strong suggestion that criminal law and accident compensation law have lost
touch with each other, potentially to the detriment of the community
- Evening Post - Complaint to be made over leaflet
by Sean Scanlon
Wellington psychologist is making an official complaint against the Christchurch law firm
which mailed leaflets offering to help sexual abuse victims get lump-sum payments from ACC
- Southland Times - Woman wins her fight for $100,000
by Carmen Wilson
A Southland woman has won a two-year battle to retain more than $100,000 in ACC
compensation she was paid after her partner was killed in a car crash.
- Dominion - Lump Sum Gravy Train
The Government has unleashed the ACC sexual abuse lump-sum gravy train again with all the
bad features of last time, including handing over the loot with no requirement for the
slightest proof that abuse happened, let alone a complaint to the police or a court
- INL - False claims; Prove it in court
Feedback by E Harrison and Alastair Laing
- The Press - Sexual Abuse Payouts
Letters to the Editor, by H Ralf Unger
I am appalled at the predicable but sad development in legal business regarding post
traumatic stress in sexual abuse victims.
- The Herald - Sex abuse claims
Letters to the Editor, by Tim Long
- Dominion - ACC Wastes Money
Top Story, by David McLoughlin
ACC wastes money on sex victim campaign
- The Press - Sex Abuse Rort
. But the real focus should be on the return of lump sum payments, which
threaten to once more become a grievance gravy train.
- The Press - Sex abuse victim hits out
by Andrew Moffat,
abuse victim Aimee Uren says a Christchurch law firm's controversial mailout is feeding
off others' misery and hurting those it is supposed to help.
- Los Angeles Times - High Court limits who is disabled
by David Savage. High Court decision defining
disability in the USA
- Marlborough Express - Abuse of Compensation
In Blenheim letter
boxes yesterday appeared a flyer alerting people to a Christchurch legal firm's
preparedness to act in seeking ACC financial compensation for victims of sexual abuse
- Usenet - ACCs handling of claims
Letter from Gordon Waugh, Whenuapai
ACC's handling of claims for sexual abuse is the greatest con job this nation has ever
seen, and the general tenor of my criticism of ACC and its method is below.
- National Party - ACC lump sums open to abuse
Press Release by ACC spokesperson Gerry Brownlee
An ACC law change allowing lump sum payments for unproved sex abuse claims will prove
- Dominion - Cash For Unproved Sex Abuse
Top Story, by David McLoughlin.
claim to have been sexually abused will be able to get big cash sums from ACC again
without having to complain to police under a law change that takes effect on April 1.
- The Press - Law firm in bid for sex abuse cases
by Andrew Moffat
A Christchurch law firm
has sent out one million leaflets touting for business from sexual abuse victims entitled
to new ACC payments.
- Herald - Backlash over bid for share of ACC Pay
Page 5 by Rosaleen MacBrayne
Christchurch law firm's nationwide attempt to get business from sexual abuse victims has
sparked a backlash.
Discussion On Usenet
- TV3 - Law Firms Unwanted Publicity
Television 3 News
A creative marketing campaign is giving a small Christchurch law firm more publicity than
it may have bargained for.
Wakefield Associates, Solicitors, Christchurch
- Wakefield AdvertisingFlyer
Wakefield Associates, Solicitors, Christchurch
- City Possessed - Extract On ACC
pages 88-94, by Lynley Hood
- Daily News - Big response to Sexual Abuse Flyer
page 3 by Mark Birch
- Dominion - ACC sex abuse payments to be vetted
page 8 by David McLoughlin
The Press - ACC Inquiry
Letters to the Editor, by John Daley
- Dominion - Victims miss out on ACC
page 8, comments by Wakefield
- The Press - Appeal no Deterrent
page 4, comments by Wakefield
- The Press - ACC review call backed
page 4 by Cullen Smith
- The Press - Lawyer calls for review of ACC
page 1 by Cullen Smith, reference to Wakefield
- Dominion - Action gets ACC cheques flowing