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Former six public servants alleged to have defrauded Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund go on trial

by lloyd last modified 2013-05-21 16:59

21 May 2013

Six former employees of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) alleged to have defrauded the department will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (May 22) in a case involving R949 175,11.

The alleged fraud accused are Maxwell Ramaphosa, Samuel Mfeleng, Kgabo Methi, Debbie Venter, Tendani Mukomafhedzi and Billy Ramskin. The accused face four counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering.

Their matter has since been transferred to another court within the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court in a separation of trial following a guilty plea on April 26 by one of their co-accused, physiotherapist Abel Diokana. Diokana requested a separation of trial wherein he made a U-turn and pleaded guilty.

Diokana is awaiting sentencing and is due to appear in Court again on 28 June 2013. The Asset Forfeiture Unit has also been granted an order to do an inquiry on his assets.

The sextet is out on a warning and is yet to plead.

The accused are alleged to have been working as a syndicate to defraud the DoL’s Compensation Fund. It is alleged that the six former employees of the DoL’s CF, recruited fraudster Diokana to submit fraudulent claims which they would later process and make out payments which were later shared by members of the syndicate.

Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are also ensnared in two other fraud matters currently on trial in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity under the authority of the Department of Labour. The Fund provides cover for workers injured during work, illness and death sustained during course of work.

Issued by: Page Boikanyo

Departmental Spokesperson

082 809 3195

 


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