Road Accident Fund reports more than R1bn in fraudulent claims

Road Accident Fund reports more than R1bn in fraudulent claims

- The Road Accident Fund says fraudulent claims are common

- A spokesperson for the RAF says that these claims are being investigated and prosecuted

- As a result, police are currently looking into more than 500 alleged attempts to defraud the fund

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The Road Accident Fund (RAF) has reported that there were at least R1 billion's worth of fraudulent claims in the 2017/2018 year.

As a result, 514 cases have been reported to police to be investigated.

This revelation surfaced after a Port Shepstone resident pled guilty to defrauding the RAF more than a decade ago.

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The teacher, Phumla Sikhosana, had received R28 000 from the fund after claiming to have been a passenger in a taxi that hit a cow in 2008. However, she has since admitted that she was not in the taxi and put in the claim because she was in a dire financial situation.

Magistrate D Soomaroo ordered Sikhosansa to pay a R10 000 fine or spend two years in jail.

Soomaroo said that fraudulent RAF claims were common and unacceptable, as they diverted funds away from legitimate road accident vicitms, according to IOL.

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In light of these fraudulent claims, a spokesperson for the RAF said a Fraud and Investigation Department had been established to handle and prevent them, has gathered.

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The spokesperson added that the RAF took firm legal action against these fraudulent claims. As a result, several convicted individuals had received jail sentences and fines, and some police officers and lawyers who had assisted them in their attempts to defraud the RAF had lost their jobs.

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