East London woman in court for defrauding RAF millions of rands

A 35-year-old woman who allegedly tried to defraud the Road Accident Fund (RAF) of R2.3-million has been arrested.

The woman, who was arrested by the Hawks’ serious corruption investigation team in East London on Tuesday, is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

Warrant Officer Bonnie Nxumalo, Hawks provincial spokesperson, said on August 2015 the woman was walking near St Patrick’s Hospital in Mbizana when she allegedly fell and sustained injuries to her ankle and elbow.

“It is reported that she was taken to St Patrick’s Hospital where she was treated and transferred to Bedford Orthopaedic Hospital in Mthatha for further treatment,” Nxumalo said.

Nxumalo added that in May 2021, the suspect reportedly visited the Mbizana police station where she allegedly opened a complaint of a hit and run by a motor vehicle.”

She is alleged to have later lodged a claim with the RAF for R2.3 million.

“The claim was processed by the RAF and as documents were being analysed by a senior forensic investigator, discrepancies were noted which necessitated scrutiny.”

After investigations, it was discovered that the suspect was not involved in a hit-and-run accident, but rather got injured while walking.

The RAF paid an amount of R12 833.73 to litigate against the claim.

Nxumalo said the matter was then referred to the serious corruption investigation unit in East London for criminal investigation.

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