Police officer charged with fraud for selling doctor's notes

2015-09-23 05:27


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Durban – A police officer working at a training academy in Chatsworth is facing fraud charges for selling fake medical certificates to trainees.

Sworn statements attached to a grievance letter compiled by members working at the SAPS Chatsworth Training College state that the warrant officer, who cannot be named because he hasn’t appeared in court, illegally collected R2 100 from 14 trainees earlier this year.

This week allegations of racism surfaced against the college’s Colonel Moganambal Chunilall with members threatening to down tools if their grievances were not dealt with.

News24 understands that a national acting divisional commissioner, Major General Nyalunga flew to the college to try and quell the tensions.

It is understood that the commissioner was locked in meetings with staff and management until late Monday night where members were threatened with dismissal if they leaked information to the media.

The allegations of fraud are contained in the lengthy grievance letter which was leaked to News24.

The document alleges that earlier this year male trainees suffered a skin irritation problem as a result from shaving and went to the sickbay where they obtained medical assistance.

The trainees were seen by the officer who allegedly told them to pay R150 for medical certificates and consultation fees. The trainees paid the money and the officer issued them with doctor’s notes.

"The trainees were neither examined by the doctor nor issued with receipts after they had paid the money."

The document reveals that two medical certificates were issued on May 4, nine were issued on Thursday May 7 and six were issued on Tuesday May 12.

Major PW Hlubi who investigated the case, for an internal disciplinary, noticed two different hand writings on the medical certificates submitted. He also found that the evidence indicated serious misconduct.

The investigation recommended that the officer did not follow proper procedure of referring the trainees to a medical doctor for immediate attention. He instead obtained the medical certificates prior to the trainees seeing a doctor.

The document states that a criminal case was opened with the SAPS in Chatsworth.

KZN police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed the case and said police were still investigating.  

“The complainant alleged that on 4 May 2015, he received information that 17 trainees were paying money for medical certificates. A case of fraud was opened for investigation and no arrest has been made,” said Zwane.

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