One of the least crazy amongst the www.accforum.org membership is the now infamous Bruce van Essen. We say “least crazy” simply because Bruce, like Bronwyn Pullar is very calculating and stepped out of the shadow (although until now he has maintained his anonymity on the forum preferring instead to use the moniker “Huggy” ) and took on the system; not that he had much choice in the matter. Van Essen’s name first came to our attention with a document that
David Butler disclosed to Lauda Finem in 2011. A letter the www.accforum.org fraudster Douglas James Weal had written to the Minister for ACC asking to be given a contact inside ACC for the purpose of dobbing in forum members, apparently this letter played an important part in Weals “alleged” hate campaign against ACCForum founder Alan Gordon Thomas, the now infamous “Takapuna Bomber”.
Private and Confidential.
I have been approached by several people about the following problem.
We need a “conduit” into ACC, where we can feed high value information about ACC and Claimants. However the information needs to be seen by Dr White, before it disappears down the chain of command.
This situation has been brought about because it appears that since the internal enquiry into the activities of the ACC Fraud Unit, senior ACC staff are so busy watching their backs they appear too scared to act, and to the extent they appear to be no longer receptive to copies of hard information. Several persons who have contacts within ACC have reported this problem.
What we are asking for is a contact person, phone number or email address, where the Minister can assure us, the information is seen by Dr White, before it is distributed within ACC; and if so requested, the source of the information remains with Dr White’s office.
I ask that the Office of the Ministerfacilitate this?
The contact will be personally given to a select few people so that these persons can sort out the chaff and verify the information before it is passed on to ACC. Persons who currently may have information which would be of interest to Dr White and ACC include Warren Forster, Dave Butler, Bruce Van Essen and myself
I look forward to your response.
So what was Douglas Weal up to in sending this letter? More importantly, however, what was Mr Bruce Van Essen up to? Why had the fraudster Weal included Van Essen’s name as one of the “go to boys” that the Accident Compensation Corporation could rely on to “sort out the chaff and verify the information before it is passed on”. Confidential information that this group had collected on their fellow ACCForum members; and what was ACC up to when it accepted Weals offer?
This single event, in and around the lead up to Alan Thomas being convicted of the Takapuna Bomb plot, is extremely noteworthy. In 2008 when Weal sent the above letter via email to the Minister Bruce van Essen and another Forum member Jason Patterson were up to their necks in shit. As an aside, another of the ACCForum members Weal named in 2008 was one Warren Forster. Forster, at the time also an ACC claimant, had we believe enrolled at the university Of Otago law faculty as a mature age student studying law – Having recently graduated he now represents ACC claimants.
Bruce Van Essen’s stoush with ACC, however, had been prompted two years before Weals 2008 email, in September 2006, with the unlawful search of Van Essen’s home by a former senior Dunedin detective, turned private investigator, Peter Gibbons. The unlawful searches subsequently inveigled the New Zealand police, with accusations of corrupt police, one being a son-in-law, working in with Gibbons and his company, Mainland Information Consultants, to execute the search warrants, one of which had not even been signed.
Van Essens allegations of police corruption and malfeasance were later the subject of an investigation by the IPCA, however Justice Lowell Goddard found no evidence of a conspiracy between Gibbons and his police associates which is not at all an unusual outcome as New Zealand’s IPCA is known to be corrupt, serving as little more than a police white washing facility.
The Van Essen saga is still to this day being played out in New Zealand’s High Court with Van Essen and Patterson having sued both the New Zealand police and Gibbons. Little under a month ago the latest episode concluded in the High Court at Dunedin with the presiding judge, Whata J, observing that the actions of the police and Gibbons may not have constituted “bad faith” as was being argued by council for both Van Essen and Patterson.
It appears to us that the judge, in noting doubt in the plaintive’s argument, had a more favourable view of the arguments advanced by Counsel for the police and Gibbons, but having said that one can never second guess a judges leaning, especially when the credibility of the plaintive’s is called into question and when the judge reserves his or her decision:
David Robinson, appearing for Mr Scott and Mr Gibbons, said there was a ‘‘high threshold” for bad faith, which could not be applied to the sequence of errors made by police in both cases.
Bad faith implied a ‘‘deliberate dereliction of duty” or ‘‘dishonesty” which was not evident in either case, he said.
He also questioned the credibility of the plaintiffs and said it was reasonable to conclude from the evidence gathered that they had been working while receiving ACC payments.
He said Mr Scott and Mr Gibbons had immunity, by law, as assistants to the police during the respective searches. Any costs awarded should be taken on by the Attorney-general as police were the lead agents in the search.
Not that we here at Lauda Finem necessarily agree with the IPCA, Justice Goddard’s report and or that outcome, however, given that Van Essen failed to get his police conspiracy allegations across the line with the IPCA and his long standing involvement with www.accforum.org and its members, highly suspect (and in more than one case criminal) characters such as Kenneth Miller, Douglas James Weal, Mark Davis, Franciscus Van Helmond, Henk Van Helmond, Angela McCutcheon, Claire Avon Rae Hollis, Evonne Grace Puru, Moeroa Mereana Percy, Marakita Mehmet, Janice Karaka Clarke, Alan Gordon Thomas one would have to seriously doubt Van Essen’s credibility and any evidence he had given during the recent hearings.
As a further example of that lack of credibility we’ll soon be publishing a piece exposing some of the diabolical comments and threats we have received from the above forum members over the years, since first exposing these previously anonymous individuals, starting in 2011. Some of the more recent hate fuelled material we’ve received will give our readers an insight into the seriously disturbed minds that Mr Van Essen has associated with since 2005. Theres also the little matter of fraud which according to David Robinson counsel for Gibbons and Scott:
“it was reasonable to conclude from the evidence gathered that they [Van Helmond and Patterson] had been working while receiving ACC payments”.
Source: Call for substantial damages (Otago Daily Times)
Of course this behaviour mirrors that of many of www.accforum.orgs members, Angela McCutcheon was caught red handed defrauding ACC whilst employed at Ron McQuilters Paragon Investigations, Douglas Weal was investigated but managed to slip through the net by lying and paying his ex-wife to change her story, malingering maligners abound. a factor that will undoubtedly be weighed in judge Whata’s mind whilst he and his associate are putting together that reserved decision.
As an aside, Peter Gibbons brother Tony Gibbons (an advocate with Nelson firm Access Support Services) whilst having absolutely no involvement with Bruce Van Essen’s grievances has (since the events of 2006) been relentlessly targeted with online defamation by these animals.
ACCForum bomb plot: Plans for van blast (NZ Herald)
ACC employee murdered, man’s fifth knife attack (NZ Herald)
Private investigators speak out over scandal (Otago Daily Times)
ACC claimants say searches wrongful (Otago Daily Times)
Call for substantial damages (Otago Daily Times)
Pdf: Report on the complaint of Bruce Van Essen (New Zealand Independent Police Conduct Authority)
Police Minister duped by bent cop (investigate magazine: July 07 issue, 2007)
ACCForum: Mereana Moeroa Manuwai Percy, aka Moeroa (laudafinem.com)
ACCForum: Marakita Mehmet (laudafinem.com)
ACCForum: Angela McCutcheon (laudafinem.com)
ACCForum: Kenneth Miller (laudafinem.com)
ACCForum: Douglas James Weal (laudafinem.com)
ACCForum: Claire Avon Rae Hollis (laudafinem.com)
ACCForum: Janice Karaka Clarke (laudafinem.com)
ACCForum Alan Gordon Thomas (laudafinem.com)
ACCForum: Evonne Grace Puru (laudafinem.com)
ACCForum: Mark Davis (laudafinem.com)
ACCForum: Henk Van Helmond (laudafinem.com)
ACCForum: Franciscus Van Helmond (laudafinem.com)
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