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Pretoria attorneys arrested for R6m fraud

2012-01-19 20:06

Johannesburg - Three attorneys were arrested in Pretoria on Thursday morning in connection with 54 counts of fraud amounting to about R6m, Gauteng police said.

They handed themselves over at the Pretoria Central police station following an investigation by the Gauteng Commercial Crime Unit, said Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale.

Cases of fraud were opened in Brooklyn, Pretoria, last year in July and November by the Road Accident Fund.

Another attorney, a doctor and an agent acting as a middleman, were arrested on Tuesday and had appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

The attorney and the doctor were granted bail of R10 000 and the agent bail of R1 500, said Mogale.

Two other attorneys were arrested on Wednesday. They appeared in court and were also granted bail of R10 000 each.

It was alleged that the six attorneys, the doctor and the agent were lodging claims on behalf of clients, said Mogale.

Third party claims lodged after an accident were referred to the same doctor, who in some instances provided medical certificates for claimants he had not physically examined.

In some instances, those claimants had not been involved in accidents, he said

All eight would appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on March 6.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-01-19 20:26

    Greed. These guys already make a packet. Just greed.

  • Deepchund - 2012-01-19 20:33

    The state should immediately apply to court to freeze their assets. At least the RAF may be able to recoup some of its losses.The government needs to revisit the RAF claims process,let's simplify so that attorneys do not have to be included in the equation. Any person aggrieved by the amount paid out to him / her is entitled to challenge the fund ,but, this should be referred to an arbitrator, eg. a retired judge.

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-01-19 21:22

    Not very bright attorneys and doctor, I can understand the agent because the make money by whatever means. Leaving a trail like that

  • braamc - 2012-01-19 21:47

    Go to jail and rot

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-19 21:54

    Nothing new. RAF gets ripped off all the time

  • Amien - 2012-01-19 21:54

    professionalism????????????????

  • Herman - 2012-01-19 22:08

    The guys who do their billing should also be arrested.....this goes much deeper than just a coupke of attorneys......

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