Net closes on ‘mafia’ boss

2011-03-17 00:00

THE net is closing on fugitive Czech “mafia boss” Radovan Krejcir who allegedly engineered a R4,5-million insurance scam by coercing his doctor into falsely diagnosing him with cancer in a bid to secure a presidential pardon.

Documents and affidavits seen by Media24 Investigations reveal that an amount of R4 579 600 was paid out to Krejcir in July last year by Liberty Life after pathologists’ reports confirmed the presence of secondary stage cancerous cells in a bladder biopsy submitted for testing by his doctor. Discovery Healthcare also suffered R250 000 in losses as a result of the scam, documents state.

But in a dramatic development yesterday, Krejcir’s doctor, Marian Tupy, entered into a plea-bargain agreement with the National Prosecuting Authority and agreed to testify that his diagnosis was fraudulent and that he “swapped the samples of a person that was known by me to have cancer, with samples of Krejcir, thereby indicating that Krejcir was sick”.

In terms of the agreement, Tupy pleaded guilty in the Wynberg Regional Court to the charge of fraud and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment, suspended for five years.

“The accused has agreed to provide the state with full disclosure of the fraud and testify,” said the State prosecutor, Advocate Riegal du Toit.

Krejcir, a fugitive from the Czech Republic, arrived in South Africa in 2007 on a Seychelles passport issued in the name Egbert Julius Savy.

He is currently applying for asylum, arguing that he is the victim of a political conspiracy in his home country.

According to an affidavit deposed by Tupy, Krejcir initially intended to use the false cancer diagnosis as a means to obtain a presidential pardon from the Czech president.

Krejcir has twice been convicted in absentia in the Czech Republic on counts of fraud. In August 2006 he was sentenced to six years imprisonment. In January this year he was sentenced to a further eight years imprisonment.

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