A woman has been found guilty of RAF fraud.
- An Eastern Cape woman has been found guilty of stealing R331 000 from her step-children.
- The money was part of a road accident fund claim made by the children.
- The woman was not the caregiver of the children, as stated in the claim.
An Eastern Cape woman has been found guilty of stealing more than R330 000 in a Road Accident Fund (RAF) claim for the purpose of benefiting her stepchildren. He has been given a suspended sentence of six years and ordered to repay the stolen money.
Nymeka Makhtashwa, 49, was convicted and sentenced at the East London Regional Court on Tuesday on charges of theft. Hawks spokesman Captain Yolisa Mogolodela said the theft was related to a claim made by Makhtshwa on behalf of the children in 2014.
“On 14 July 2014, following the death of her husband in a motor vehicle accident, Makhtashwa filed a claim with the RAF on behalf of her stepchildren. The claim was settled by the RAF and more than R331 000 was deposited in her account. The amount was paid,” Magolodela said.
However, the court heard that Makhtashev did not give money to the stepchildren.
“In her affidavit in support of the claim, she stated that she was living with and supporting the children, whereas she had never lived with or supported them,” Mogolodela said.
A complaint was filed with Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Team in east London for investigation, which led to Makhtashev’s arrest on 16 March 2021.
At the time, he was released on warning by the East London Magistrates’ Court.
“After several court appearances, he received a suspended sentence of six years. He was further ordered to pay the victims an amount of R100 000 and the balance in monthly installments over a period of 60 months on or before 1 October 2021, ‘ said Mogolodela.
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