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Matter of self-confessed fraud physio accused of defrauding Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund to come before Court

by lloyd last modified 2013-11-06 10:39

06 November 2013

Self-confessed physiotherapist Abel Diokana, who is awaiting sentencing for defrauding the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) of R949 175,11 will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s on Friday (8 November).

Diokana pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering in April 2013.

The physio was part of the so-called “Group of Seven” before he made a U-turn and pleaded. In the matter he was appearing together with six other co-accused and former employees of the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund - Maxwell Ramaphosa, Samuel Mfeleng, Kgabo Methi, Debbie Venter, Tendani Mukomafhedzi and Billy Ramskin. The six accused also faces four counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering.

Diokana’s six co-accused have not yet pleaded. The accused are out on a warning.

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

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

Issued by: Page Boikanyo

Departmental Spokesperson

082 809 3195


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