Doctor back in court for R700 000 fraud

2012-01-23 19:10

Johannesburg - A North West doctor is expected back in court on Wednesday for allegedly defrauding the labour department's Compensation Fund of R700 000.

The department said on Monday Dr Tebogo Ephraim Kaeletsa from Pampierstad allegedly submitted forms for patients he claimed to have treated but had not.

Jabu Zwane, an officer from the international business advisory organisation PKF, told the court during Kaeletsa's previous appearance that he had obtained voluntary incriminating sworn statements from the doctor.

PKF was contracted by the labour department's Compensation Fund.

Zwane testified in October that the accused was not forced to make statements incriminating himself in the crime.

Kaeletsa's lawyer, Samuel Molele, contended Zwane threatened his client with arrest if he did not craft the statement in a manner prescribed by him.

Zwane told the court he was at the time acting on behalf of the labour department, investigating allegations of fraud against Kaeletsa.

He testified that he had not told Kaeletsa the sworn statements he had obtained from him would later be used in court against him.

  • Bob - 2012-01-23 19:47

    Incorrigible thugs...even when they are professionals…! Why do an honest days work when you can steal instead…!

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-23 20:07

      What about this one? I never saw your comment: More than two years after a dental surgeon was convicted on 1 947 counts of fraud relating to medical aid claims, he is still practising. The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), which has the power to revoke Dr Sarel Jacobus van Zyl’s licence to practise or suspend him, will only hear his case next month.Van Zyl (55) defrauded Sasolmed, a medical scheme for employees of petrochemicals giant Sasol, between 2004 and 2005.

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