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Internal fraud at RAF

The Fund have been busy with a media campaign recently again aimed at highlighting fraud.  The Citizen reported on one of its own employees funneling salaries her way.....

The Asset Forfeiture Unit on Tuesday seized the assets of a former employee of the Road Accident Fund who is accused of fraud.

“The assets seized include property in Pretoria as well as two luxury motor vehicles estimated at approximately R240 000,” said the AFU in a statement on Tuesday.
They belonged to Ipeleng Swartland, who was employed by the RAF as a remuneration officer. She is suspected of defrauding the fund’s salary account.
She is is presently out on R10 000 bail.
She was arrested in July on charges of fraud. She is thought to have channelled the fund’s moneys into her personal bank account under the pretext they were genuine employees salaries.
“Investigations revealed that several payments were made into different account holders names bearing the same account number.
“It also revealed that the Absa account used for the payments did not appear to have ever belonged to an employee of the RAF, but belonged to Swartland,” the AFU said.
The RAF has been dogged with allegation of fraud and corruption over recent years and was once said to be technically bankrupt.
I love they way the said "once said" to be technically bankrupt.
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Tuesday 05-Dec-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
More media stories

The media always seem to have stories about authorities promising aid from the Road Accident Fund - and almost only when there is in fact no legal, legitimate claim against the RAF.

A News24 article about the victims of a trye burst at least gets the story right - probably because it quotes their attorney.

Nelspruit - A senior Mpumalanga policeman is being investigated for endangering the lives of his men by forcing them to use an unroadworthy vehicle.

The probe, ordered by Mpumalanga police commissioner Afrika Khumalo, was sparked by the near death last week of two officers on the N4 highway outside Nelspruit.

The officers were forced to drive a patrol van with a rear tyre that was so badly worn it was unravelling.

Read full article

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Monday 11-Dec-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Can't always say

I am sometimes a bit limited as to what I can on Constitutional Challenges and the like.  Whether its from the point of view of keeping certain aspects quiet - or even if I wanted to criticize what is at times the inaction of the profession one is limited - so thats the answer to the many who ask why I don't always have in depth coverage on that. 

On another subject - the huge RAF claim the Fund is facing, which is being litigated by Pretoria attorneys - its really in the pleadings stage - but its an overseas professional - a young lawyer and the merits - well, its the 1% case - a passenger scenario - so it is going to be a huge payout.  It may of course still be over a year away.  No, I am not involved in the matter.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Monday 11-Dec-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Early holidays for some

Another stressful and exciting year comes to an end.  I always remind myself that in law you really need to take a 4 day break every 6 weeks or so and then when I do not, as with this year, I run myself flat.  Sometimes exercise and whatever else you do is not enough to get you to relax and it is perhaps understandable that a lot of senior attorneys have already been on holiday since 1 December.

I have a lot to learn about stress management but amongst the things I changed this year included totally removing the voice mail facility from my phone.  Thats been wonderful - and of course not as good as simply not giving your number out - akthough a number change every 2 years or so is wonderful also.  No voice mail means no grasping for paper or replaying the message 4 times to get that number, it also means you don't have any messages you failed to return.  I whole heartedly recommend it.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 13-Dec-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Doctor pleads guilty to defrauding RAF

Its a steep fine for personally benefiting by R22 000 or so, but obviously there is a lesson to be learnt here by Doctors engaged in such practices.

Its shocking to see the types of fraudulent claims continually emanating from this Province.  Doctor Devendra Perumal has however been allowed to make the payment in instalements over the next few years.  He apparently submitted false claims for people not injured in accidents and also completed forms for people he had never seen.

You can read the article here IOL

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Thursday 21-Dec-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Law Society time
Here's a picture of the Council Boardroom.  Empty, as I guess it is right now, in which you have to spend at least 14 days a year if you wish to be a Councillor.  The other days will be spent at other venues, and whether nice or not, you will be inside meeting.  21 days a year is an awful lot and it is not surprising most big law firms do not have representatives on the Law Society.  That of course is also a mistake as they need to be heard and they often have more liberal, enlightened views dealing as they do more often, with big business.  Just a thought at a time of the year like this when one does have time for oneself - and in particular to how much more time one could have if not involved.
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Thursday 21-Dec-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
$2 million for Democrats from Lawyers

The recent elections in America will of course bring some sense to the Iraq approach in due course.  What is interesting however, with George Bush campaigning on tort "reform" which seems to have meant big compqnies pay less for their mistakes, is how that galvanized the legal profession into action making them the 2nd biggest contributor to the Democratic Party campaign.  The American Association for Justice, which some people mistakenly still call the American Association of Trial Lawyers, or ATLA, raised $2 million alone for the Democrats.

I wish attorneys in South Africa could become more involved like that.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Friday 22-Dec-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments

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