South Africa: Doctor, 84, Who Certified False Death Charged With Fraud – Eagle News Feed

A Durban doctor, 84, has been charged with fraud for certifying the “death”

A Durban doctor, has been charged with fraud for certifying the “death”

A Durban doctor, 84, has been charged with fraud for certifying the “death” of someone who was still alive.

Times Live earlier reported that the man was charged on Thursday by the Hawks’ Durban serious commercial crime investigation unit, spokesperson Capt Simphiwe Mhlongo said.

The doctor was allegedly called by the owner of a funeral parlor to certify death in May 2020.

The doctor claimed to have seen the person’s body and certified them dead, Mhlongo said.

“As a result, a death certificate was issued by the department of home affairs and the suspects claimed that the deceased was cremated.”

An R6.5 m life cover was claimed which the insurance company investigated.

“It was discovered that the deceased was alive and the intention was to defraud the insurance company. A case of fraud was reported at Berea police station and the docket was allocated to the Hawks members for intensive investigation,” Mhlongo said.

The life policyholder, Emmanuel Ponen, 22, the claimant Merlin Munusamy, 45, and the owner of the funeral parlor, Sifiso Gabela, 47, were arrested last year.

“They were all charged for fraud and will appear in the Durban specialized commercial crime court on March 17,” Mhlongo said.

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