Fraudster doctor ordered to pay back the money

2015-07-13 19:43

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Johannesburg - The Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday ordered a Northern Cape doctor, found guilty of defrauding the labour department's compensation fund of almost R689 000, to pay back the money with interest. 

The compensation fund is a public entity which pays out to workers who are injured on the job or catch diseases from their work environment.

The doctor, Patrick Mokhua, had been charged with 17 counts of fraud after he illegally received money from the fund. 

Magistrate Martina van Wyk also handed Mokhua a four-year prison sentence, which was suspended for four years on condition that he is not found guilty of any offence involving dishonesty during that period. 

Furthermore, the doctor was to undergo 576 hours of community services, and would also be subject to house arrest. He is barred from leaving his residential or work address without permission. 

Mokhua appeared before the professional conduct committee of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in 2013 where he was found guilty of gross misconduct.

The HPCSA barred him from running a private practice for five years but allowed him to continue working in public hospitals.

Read more on:    labour department  |  hpcsa  |  pretoria  |  crime

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