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Pretoria physio's case postponed

2013-01-16 21:30

Johannesburg - The sentencing of physiotherapist and fraudster Jurry Sehunoe was postponed in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court, the labour department said on Wednesday.

The postponement was granted by the court after Sehunoe's defence called for the department to bring its financial expert, who would justify the value of the amounts involved in the fraud.

Sentencing is now scheduled for 22 January.

Sehunoe, 34, of Rustenburg in the North West, pleaded guilty in October 2011 to 15 counts of fraud and 26 counts of money-laundering.

He is out on a bail of R3 000.

Mokgadi Pela, acting departmental spokesperson, said pre-sentencing reports from the correctional services and social development department had been submitted for sentencing.

Sehunoe siphoned money from the department by submitting fraudulent claims to the Compensation Fund for patients he did not treat.

He defrauded the department of about R2.1m.

The fraudster was allegedly recruited by members of a syndicate, which included former employees of the fund.

The syndicate then processed the fictitious claims and its members would later meet and share their loot.

Sehunoe was charged with two men - Maxwell Ramaphosa and Samuel Mfeleng - both former employees of the Department of Labour.

The case against Ramaphosa and Mfeleng was transferred to the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

The duo pleaded not guilty in the matter and are both out on bail of R3 000 each.

Comments
  • Simon Maabe - 2013-01-16 23:09

    Incompetence of the department has led the opportunists to drill the whole. I'm sure there's more other's in this syndicate. I don't know how many claims I've made in DoL for IOD of my employees and none has ever come back.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2013-01-17 12:32

      For heaven's sake which department in this country is corruption free ? Answers on a postcard please !

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