Senior Education specialist sentenced for insurance fraud

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The  Gqeberha New Law Regional Court on Friday sentenced Sizile Witness Mateta (55), a senior education specialist for charges of funeral policy fraud. Between 9 April 2014 and 16 January 2015, an insurance broker in cahoots​ with a police reservist are alleged to have util­ised the police rese­rvist’s second Ident­ity Document(ID) to commit insurance fraud.

Captain Yolisa Mgolodela of Eastern Cape Hawks said the police reservist is alleged to have had two ID boo­ks with different dates of birth hence his willingness to use one in the orchestration of the fraudulent activities.

“The​ broker is reported to have approached five (5) of his insurance clients of which Mateta was one to take death cover policies for the reservist and lodge a death claim after the waiting period has lapsed.”​

Mgolodela added that during March 2017, a Forensic Auditor from 1Life lodged a complaint with Serious Corruption Investigation of the Hawks in East London for investigation which resulted in the arrest of the suspects on 21 January 2021.

The investigations revealed that in January 2015, Mateta ​ lodged a ​R30 000 death claim for the purported dead police reservist with 1Life Insurance Company and R15​ 000 claim with Old Mutual which were both successfully ​ paid out”.

After a series of court appearances, Mateta was convicted on 27 August 2021 hence his sentencing on 22 October 2021.​ He was given two years imprisonment sentence and ordered to pay Old Mutual the R7­000 balance outstanding as he had already paid R8000 as a refund for the ​ R15​ 000 fraudulent claim. Mateta has since paid ​1 Life the R30​ 000 he was paid for the fraudulent claim.

The other seven accused that have opted to follow the trial route will be back in court on 9 November 2021​.

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