Fraud physio gets house arrest

2012-11-02 11:12

Johannesburg - A physiotherapist who admitted to fraud was sentenced to three years house arrest by the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, the department of labour said on Friday.

On Thursday, Jones Mothemola Modau, 31, was sentenced to three years of house arrest, during which he would be allowed to go to work and church.

"Modau pleaded guilty in March to three counts of fraud and 14 counts of money-laundering involving about R476 150.58," spokesperson Page Boikanyo said in a statement.

"On the same charge of fraud, he was also handed a further three years, suspended for five years, on condition that he does not commit any theft or fraud during the next five years," Boikanyo said.

For money-laundering, he was sentenced to two years, but this was also suspended for five years.

He originally appeared with three employees of the department's Compensation Fund, but as the others pleaded not guilty, the trials were separated.

Maxwell Ramaphosa, Samuel Mfeleng, and Johanna Kgabo Methi allegedly siphoned money from the fund into Modau's personal bank account.

"Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are also embroiled in two separate alleged fraud cases against the department of labour, that are currently underway in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court," Boikanyo said.

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-11-02 11:31

    I truly wish there was some uniformity in sentencing. I know of a case where a woman was found guilty of around R90 000 worth of fraud, and served 10 months in prison. I don't deny her part in the crime, but it was less than a quarter of the amount being dealt with in this case, and she ended up being taken away from her three year old child, and then giving birth to her second child while in jail. Surely, this guy qualifies for more that three years of house arrest...

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-11-02 11:42

    Hey Comrade you are very naughty but it is a good start. Recommend to you to go and put your application in ANY government department for a job. I think you will be over qualified but you will do a fine job... Lol

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-02 12:13

      I love this one! Hilarious, heheeeeee...

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-11-02 11:54

    He's allowed to go to work, wonder if he still does physio? Hehe

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-11-02 11:54

    Just house arrest? Double standards indeed

  • linda.horsfield.77 - 2012-11-02 12:46

    This article doesnt state that he has to repay the money obtained fraudulently! If he doesnt have to - it just proves that crime does pay in SA.

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