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Investigator: No paper trail in fraud case

2012-10-03 13:01

Johannesburg - A forensic investigator told the Pretoria Magistrate's Court that claims handled by three people accused of defrauding the department of labour did not leave a paper trail, the department said on Tuesday.

In court, the expert said no paperwork existed to reconcile the inflated claims handled by three former employees of the department's Compensation Fund, spokesperson Page Boikanyo said in a statement.

"He told the court that it was this lack of paper trail that raised red flags and further investigations... showed the accused were working as a syndicate to defraud the department of labour."

Maxwell Ramaphosa, Samuel Elliot Mfeleng and Kgabo Johanna Methi, who were employed to handle claims, were accused of defrauding the fund of R476 150.

According to Boikanyo, the investigator alleged that a supervisor assigned to oversee their work was also involved in the scam.

A physiotherapist, Jones Modau, previously pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

The three allegedly persuaded Modau to allow them to use his practice number and banking details to channel funds from the fraudulent claims.

The matter was postponed to December 10.

Comments
  • christo.pienaar.54 - 2012-10-03 14:28

    Is there no end to their igenuity?

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-03 14:42

    insurance companies are apparently sitting with these problems. Where there are normally checks and balances because claims have to go through different managers at different levels they circumvent the system by working in syndicates where all the different levels are now on the take. This is becoming endemic!

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-03 15:14

    I bet they don't get the money back.

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