A 35-year-old woman appeared in the East London Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of fraud after she allegedly lied about an accident and claimed more than R2 million from the Road Accident Fund (ROF).
According to AO Bonnie Nxumalo, spokesperson for the Falcons, the woman is alleged to have been on 29 August 2015 near the St. Patrick Hospital in Mbizana when she fell and injured her ankle and elbow.
She was treated at this hospital and then transferred to the Bedford orthopedic hospital in Mthatha.
The woman apparently saw this incident as a money-making opportunity and later allegedly falsely claimed that she was involved in a hit-and-run accident. She filed a complaint at the Mbizana police station on 5 May 2021 and also tried to claim millions of rands from the RAF.
“The suspect later submitted a claim of R2.3 million to the RAF. The claim was processed by the RAF and after documents were analyzed by a senior forensic investigator, discrepancies were noted which necessitated a further investigation,” said Nxumalo.
“It has been established that the suspect was not involved in a hit-and-run accident, but rather was injured while she was walking. The RAF paid an amount of R12 833.73 to litigate against the claim.”
The case was then transferred to the Falcons. The woman was arrested on Tuesday and will make her first appearance in court today. Her name is not known.
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