Fraud physio gets house arrest

2012-11-02 11:12
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Johannesburg - A physiotherapist who admitted to fraud was sentenced to three years house arrest by the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, the department of labour said on Friday.

On Thursday, Jones Mothemola Modau, 31, was sentenced to three years of house arrest, during which he would be allowed to go to work and church.

"Modau pleaded guilty in March to three counts of fraud and 14 counts of money-laundering involving about R476 150.58," spokesperson Page Boikanyo said in a statement.

"On the same charge of fraud, he was also handed a further three years, suspended for five years, on condition that he does not commit any theft or fraud during the next five years," Boikanyo said.

For money-laundering, he was sentenced to two years, but this was also suspended for five years.

He originally appeared with three employees of the department's Compensation Fund, but as the others pleaded not guilty, the trials were separated.

Maxwell Ramaphosa, Samuel Mfeleng, and Johanna Kgabo Methi allegedly siphoned money from the fund into Modau's personal bank account.

"Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are also embroiled in two separate alleged fraud cases against the department of labour, that are currently underway in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court," Boikanyo said.

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