R2.1m of fraud physio’s assets seized

iol news pic Jurry Sehunoe Independent Newspapers Jurry Sehunoe has been convicted on fraud and money laundering charges in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court. Photo: Phill Magakoe

The Assets Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has seized assets worth R2.1million from a physiotherapist convicted of defrauding the labour department, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Friday.

The restraint order against Jurry Sehunoe was granted by the High Court in Pretoria, NPA spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said in a statement.

“The curator has today (Friday) executed the order and attached immovable property in the form of a house at 19 Baulienia Avenue, Geelhout Park, Rustenburg, household items as well as two vehicles,” he said.

Sehunoe, who is based in Rustenburg, was found guilty of defrauding the labour department's Compensation Fund of more than R5m last year after pleading guilty to 28 counts of money laundering and 15 cases of fraud.

He will be sentenced in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court on March 28, 2012.

Mhaga said Sehunoe was part of a syndicate which submitted fictitious claims suggesting that employees had been treated for injuries and other illnesses suffered on duty.

Two former officials at the Compensation Fund are accused with him, but they have yet to plead.

The trial of Maxwell Ramaphosa and Samuel Mfeleng starts in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on February 22. - Sapa


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