fraudNine people have been arrested in Pietermaritzburg and Chatsworth for defrauding the Road Accident Fund (RAF) of nearly R5 million.

Police spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge, said eight of them were also held for alleged fraudulent claims – that have not been paid out – of R92 million.

“The SAPS was inundated with reports of alleged fraud from the RAF forensic investigators who became suspicious about the number and the exorbitant claims that had been received from certain claimants.

Mdunge said Percy Kali, 47, of Chatsworth, was arrested on Sunday. He appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Monday and was released on bail of R15 000.

The other eight, Rosalind Govender, 41, Sunmugan Archery, 37 and Rooksudna Mahomed, 52, Menisuree Ranjitu, 37, Leean Reddy, 33, Vinasua Buckus, 39, Rehana Buckus, 41, and Sajid Khan, 32 were arrested in Northdale, Pietermaritzburg, yesterday and also appeared in court.

They claimed they had been travelling in a mini-bus taxi that was involved in an accident in Gumtree Road in Pietermaritzburg, Mdunge said. “Investigations revealed that none of the claimants had been involved in that accident,” he said. – Daily News

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