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Two ‘alleged serial fraudsters’ to appear after declaring they are ready for trial for allegedly defrauding DoL’s Compensation Fund

by Gabriel Mothiba last modified 2012-05-04 02:10

TWO former employees of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) allegedly ensnarled in a series of cases for defrauding the State, are to appear on May 11 in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court to answer their case.

Maxwell Ramaphosa (36) and Samuel Mfeleng (36) are allegedly set to appear in one case for defrauding the DoL’s Compensation Fund more than R2,1-million. The accused are facing 15 counts of fraud and 26 counts of money laundering. They are out on an extended bail of R3000.

Their matter was originally held at the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court. However, it was later transferred to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court following a guilty plea by their fellow co-accused, Jurry Sehunoe, a physiotherapist operating from Rustenburg in North West.

Sehunoe had earlier pleaded guilty at the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court for defrauding the Department of Labour of about R2,1-million. Sehunoe’s sentencing proceedings have since been postponed to 02 July 2012 for presenting of heads of arguments in mitigation of sentence.

Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are accused of processing and approving claims made by Sehunoe for services not rendered. They are alleged to have, between February 2009 and November 2009, made 15 deposits into the bank account(s) of Sehunoe.  

Earlier the defence team had tried to make a request for consolidation of all the alleged fraud cases the duo are involved in, but have subsequently made a U-turn and decided to proceed on a case-by-case basis.

The two former public servants are also appearing in two other alleged fraud cases. In one case they are part of a group of seven former employees including a Doctor accused of defrauding the DoL’s CF about R1-million.  

In the other case they were part of a quartet including a physiotherapist who has also pleaded guilty to defrauding the Department about half-a-million rand. In both these cases the accused are out on a warning.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity under the Department of Labour. The Fund acts as a security for workers injured during work or who sustain diseases during the course of occupation. - ENDS


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