Wainuiomata benefit fraudster sentenced

Last updated 16:35 11/03/2014

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A Wainuiomata woman who defrauded ACC of more than $200,000 has been sentenced to home detention.

Matekino Kine Chambers, 63, was sentenced to 11 month's home detention at Hutt Valley District Court yesterday.

Chambers was convicted of eight charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage after she repeatedly misled ACC about her relationship status, claiming weekly compensation meant for the surviving spouse of a person who had died as a result of injury.

The payment is available to someone who fits the criteria until they turn 65 or enter another relationship.

Chambers entered a de facto relationship in 1998, but signed declarations to say her circumstances had not changed.

Payments were only stopped after an ACC investigation in November 2012, by which time she had received nearly $210,000.

Chambers admitted she had been living with a new partner during a December 2012 meeting with ACC staff.

ACC's spokesman Sid Miller, said it is always disappointing when people chose to abuse the ACC scheme for financial gain.

"ACC collects levies to help people with genuine injury-related needs.

"Ms Chambers' offending therefore amounts to theft from honest, hard-working New Zealanders."

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