Matt Stewart at Stuff reports:
He battled for seven years to win compensation – and now a Paraparaumu man has admitted he also spent seven years cheating the state insurer of nearly $86,000.
Simon John Kruidenier, 58, pleaded guilty in Porirua District Court last month to claiming seven years’ worth of weekly compensation payments from ACC while he continued to work as a repossession agent for 11 finance companies.
Kruidenier began receiving compensation in September 2005, paid on the basis that he was unfit to work because of occupational neurotoxicity – a result of his former job as a printer’s assistant.
He said he had developed bad headaches and migraines after working for three years at Porirua plastics and packaging manufacturer Cryovac.
He lodged a complaint with ACC in 1998 – and payments were event-ually backdated to that year – but he failed to tell ACC that he had started working again in 2002.
He kept working while claiming compensation until October 2009, receiving $85,878.99.
So he spent seven years battling to get ACC, and won his case, getting it backdated. And he was a fraud, as he was in fact not just capable of work – but actually working.
In 2005 he told The Dominion Post he had been assessed by six doctors and had been round and round the system since lodging the claim in 1998.
“I have been prodded and poked. They keep contradicting each other – one says yes, the other says no.”
Kruidenier said at the time that his condition was “a hell of a thing to live with”.
He could not work because his health was so unreliable that even petrol fumes or perfume triggered migraines.
“I think ACC is going to be bloody-minded about it. But I can’t quit now.”
So he actually went to the media, trying to build public sympathy for his right to steal money off us.Tags: ACC, Simon Kruidenier