Attorney in court for RAF fraud

2018-03-07 06:01

An attorney based in Qwaqwa stands accused of the alleged theft of Road Accident Fund (RAF) payments of two victims residing in Phuthaditjhaba.

The suspect, Sebabatso Jeremy Radebe (46), has two cases relating to the alleged theft of payments towards two beneficiaries of the RAF.

Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, the provincial Hawks spokesperson, says the first case relates to theft worth R250 000 and the second case to an amount of R400 000.

On Monday (05/03), Radebe reappeared in the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court on a charge of theft of R400 000 meant for a road accident victim who reportedly was involved in an accident in 2016.

The other pending case relates to the theft of R250 000 which occurred in 2015.

Nyakane says Radebe was arrested by the Bethlehem Commercial Crime Unit on Tuesday, 27 February, regarding the theft case of R400 000.

He says following the arrest, investigation further revealed that Radebe has a pending case for an alleged similar crime of swindling a victim with R250 000.

“It is alleged that in October 2016 he received an amount of R800 000 from the RAF for his client.

“According to records he however allegedly only paid his client R400 000 and took the difference. Investigations revealed that Radebe committed this offence whilst on warning for a similar offence,” says Nyakane.

Radebe was admitted as an attorney in 2004 and started practising as such for his own account at S.J. Radebe Attorneys in Phuthaditjhaba in 2007.

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