3 Attorneys arrested in Pretoria for defrauding the Road Accident Fund

fraudThree attorneys were arrested in Pretoria on Thursday morning in connection with 54 counts of fraud amounting to about R6m, Gauteng police said.

They handed themselves over at the Pretoria Central police station following an investigation by the Gauteng Commercial Crime Unit, said Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale.

Cases of fraud were opened in Brooklyn, Pretoria, last year in July and November by the Road Accident Fund.

Another attorney, a doctor and an agent acting as a middleman, were arrested on Tuesday and had appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

The attorney and the doctor were granted bail of R10 000 and the agent bail of R1 500, said Mogale.

Two other attorneys were arrested on Wednesday. They appeared in court and were also granted bail of R10 000 each.

It was alleged that the six attorneys, the doctor and the agent were lodging claims on behalf of clients, said Mogale.

Third party claims lodged after an accident were referred to the same doctor, who in some instances provided medical certificates for claimants he had not physically examined.

In some instances, those claimants had not been involved in accidents, he said

All eight would appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on March 6.

- SAPA

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