Physio’s fraud sentencing postponed

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Jurry Sehunoe at the Commercial Crime Court, Pretoria. File picture: Phill Magakoe

Johannesburg - The sentencing of physiotherapist and fraudster Jurry Sehunoe was postponed in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court, the labour department said on Wednesday.

The postponement was granted by the court after Sehunoe's defence called for the department to bring its financial expert, who would justify the value of the amounts involved in the fraud.

Sentencing is now scheduled for January 22.

Sehunoe, 34, of Rustenburg in the North West, pleaded guilty in October 2011 to 15 counts of fraud and 26 counts of money-laundering.

He is out on a bail of R3000.

Mokgadi Pela, acting departmental spokesman, said pre-sentencing reports from the correctional services and social development department had been submitted for sentencing.

Sehunoe siphoned money from the department by submitting fraudulent claims to the Compensation Fund for patients he did not treat.

He defrauded the department of about R2.1 million.

The fraudster was allegedly recruited by members of a syndicate, which included former employees of the fund.

The syndicate then processed the fictitious claims and its members would later meet and share their loot.

Sehunoe was charged with two men Ä Maxwell Ramaphosa and Samuel Mfeleng - both former employees of the Department of Labour.

The case against Ramaphosa and Mfeleng was transferred to the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

The duo pleaded not guilty in the matter and are both out on bail of R3000 each. - Sapa


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