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“G-7” alleged fraud case against DoL’s Compensation Fund – resumes April 12

by lloyd last modified 2012-04-06 04:58

11 April 2012

THE case against six former employees of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) and a Doctor alleged to have defrauded the State will resume in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court (tomorrow) on April 12.

The alleged fraud accused are: Maxwell Ramaphosa, Samuel Mfeleng, Kgabo Methi, Debbie Venter, Tendani Mukomafhedzi and Billy Ramskin - who are all former civil servants - and Doctor Abel Diokana.

The seven accused face four counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering amounting to R949 175,11. The defendants are out on a warning.

At their last appearance on March 8, Magistrate Mariette Louw postponed the case to allow the accused to sort out their legal representation. 

The six former employees of the DoL’s CF are alleged to have contrived and recruited Diokana to submit his practice number and banking details for fraudulent payouts to be made to him from CF. The ‘hepta’ group are alleged to have drained the CF by channeling the funds into Diokana’s personal account and that of his Driving School to disguise the location thereof.

It is alleged that Diokana did not render any service to any of the patients/ claims submitted. He would later withdraw some of the money and transfer it over to his fellow alleged co-accused. The accused would allegedly contact each other to meet at a specific location to share the money.

The alleged fraudsters stand accused of acting in furtherance of common purpose, unlawfully and falsely with the intent to defraud the Department of Labour and its employees.

Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are also intertwined in two other fraud cases. In the first case, they face 22 counts of fraud totaling more than R2,1-million and 27 counts of money laundering amounting to more than R860 000. They are out on a bail of R3000.

In the second case they are part of a quartet including a physiotherapist. In this case they are out on a warning. They face three counts of fraud and four counts of money laundering involving R467 150,58.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity under the authority of Department of Labour. The Fund provides for compensation of workers as a result of disability, illness and death resulting from work-related injuries and diseases.

Issued By Department of Labour

 


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