Bogus doctor arrested

2009-08-26 00:00

A 61-YEAR-OLD Umzinto woman who allegedly posed as a medical doctor and district surgeon, and siphoned more than R35 000 from the Department of Correctional Services has been arrested in connection with fraud.

The woman allegedly applied for a district surgeon position at the Umzinto correctional centre and submitted documents claiming to be a qualified doctor, but it was discovered that her qualifications were not legitimate after the department had paid her more than R35 000.

The matter was reported to the police and the woman was arrested at her home in Prospect Road, Umzinto.

She is alleged to have been operating as a doctor from a surgery in the Umzinto main street. It is believed that the woman is originally from the Eastern Cape.

“According to the records office of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, nobody was registered with the council with the practice number and name used by the suspect,” said SAPS spokesman Captain Vincent Pandarum.

He said it is not clear whether the woman has any medical qualifications and where she obtained her medical supplies.

Police are investigating a case of fraud.

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