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Three Compensation Fund alleged fraudsters to appear amid meandering

by lloyd last modified 2011-10-04 13:27

3 October 2011

Three men accused of allegedly defrauding the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund millions of rands are to appear in the Pretoria Specialised Crime Court (tomorrow) on October 4 after resorting to delaying tactics. 

The accused Maxwell Ramaphosa, Samuel Mfeleng - former employees of the Compensation Fund and Jurry Sehunoe - a medical practitioner (physiotherapist) have not pleaded. The three accused were expected to plead on August 17 and let the court start case management. However, the trial was delayed after the accused cited a number of excuses and were granted a postponement.

Lawyer for Ramaphosa pleaded with magistrate N. Setshogoe citing lack of information for him to proceed with the trial. Ramaphosa’s co-accused, Mfeleng fired his lawyer on the eve of the start of the trial. The lawyer was seconded to him by the Legal Aid Board. He is still waiting for a replacement lawyer following another request to the Board.

The defendants are on a R3000 extended bail. They face 22 counts of fraud of more than R3,8-million and 28 counts of money laundering amounting to more than R860 000. 

The alleged fraudsters stand accused of allegedly defrauding the Fund changing personal details of claimants and using intricate processes to channel payments to assumed accounts.  

The Compensation Fund is a business unit of the Department of Labour. It covers for compensation of workers injured during work or diseases sustained or contracted by employees during the course of occupation. The Fund also makes provision for cover against death resulting from injuries and diseases sustained during work.

Issued by: Page Boikanyo (Mr)

Departmental spokesman

082 809 3195

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