Fraudster ‘off sick’ visits casino

2011-09-12 00:00

A REGIONAL court magistrate lost patience with convicted fraudster Akashnee Singh (39) on Friday and issued a warrant for her arrest “forthwith” when it emerged that although a medical certificate declared her “unfit” she had been at the Golden Horse Casino the previous night.

Her advocate, Brad Osborne, said Singh claimed she went to the casino to help a family member with a problem.

Chris van Vuuren stood the case down to give Singh a “window of opportunity” to come to court to explain, but she did not. Instead she sent a message via Osborne, stating that she had to go back to the doctor again and had been booked into hospital for a scan on Monday.

Van Vuuren sent the investigating officer to interview Singh’s doctor. Warrant Officer Stephen Gouws said the doctor was unaware Singh was due in court.

He said he booked Singh off “work” for gastroenteritis and headaches for two days at her request, but he believed that she could have attended court.

He allegedly told Gouws that he had arranged for Singh to undergo a scan merely as a precautionary measure as she continually complained of bad headaches.

Van Vuuren said it is clear that Singh is “flouting the authority of the court”.

The court last month convicted Singh of having presented a fake deed of sale to an attorney with the intention of fraudulently taking transfer of the property at 555 Burger Street.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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