Friday, May 04, 2007

Proof: ACC financially motivates private investigators to seek convictions of claimants

ACC have been forming contracts with private investigators to cut people off ACC rather than investigating relevant information about claimant activities, including possible fraud.

The private investigators are financially motivated to produce criminal prosecutions as their mission. In fact this particular contract specifically says that 80 per cent of referrals made to investigate ACC claimants are to result in either a prosecution, cessation or suspension of entitlement, civil action, or some sort of positive action. Of these, ACC also expects 95 percent of prosecutions to be successful.

What if there is no proof that 30 percent of those investigated have done anything illegal? Well, you prosecute some of them so you can keep your contract - and the ACC case manager gets another brownie point for his KPI.

This is not uncovering fraud, this is maintaining targeted contractual obligations irrespective of whether fraudulent behavior occurs. As it is ACC, anyone who is taken to court purely so a PI can meet a contract target cannot sue. These contracts are therefore illegal, so why is a Government department permitted to run with illegal contracts?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope this is checked out and whomever responsible sorted out.
Well done for doing what the 4th estate should be doing.

Incidently, My dad in the UK used to do these type of cases for a preiod for the insurence companies who were in litigation.
It paid very well, though meant he went away for the whole weekend on surveillence.

The videos and photos of claiments who were running across playground and playing football with terrible back pain were sobering.

The best one was a guy who dad photographed pushing his three year old daughter on a swing.
This was after he had stated the pain was so bad that for four years he hadn't had sex!
The Insurence coys ussually presented a photo album to them the day before court with their costs.