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hawksCity Press reports that the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund (CF) has been accused of frustrating a R12.1m fraud case against a doctor in North West by failing in the past eight years to commission a forensic investigation.  

The Hawks said they had collected all statements and records on Dr Sello Ntsoko, a general practitioner in Lethabile near Brits, who allegedly made fraudulent claims.  However, their case has not made progress because the CF failed to source an outstanding forensic audit report.  Ntsoko allegedly defrauded the fund in 2009 by submitting fraudulent claims totalling R12.1m in four months for 54 patients.  He was allegedly caught out when a former CF risk manager enlisted three forensic audit firms in 2009 to conduct data analysis on 1,919 invoices.  This initial audit identified several anomalies, but there was no full-scale investigation.  Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the police could not be blamed for the lack of progress in the case.  At least six prosecutors who dealt with the case were apparently frustrated by the CF’s inaction, so they abandoned the case.  A source with knowledge of the investigation claimed that Ntsoko seemed to enjoy protection from the fund’s employees.  “At the time of the initiation of the investigation, a criminal network existed within the fund that recruited doctors to submit fraudulent claims,” the source alleged.

  • Read this report by Sizwe Sama Yende in full at News24

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