Former lawyer arrested for theft of Road Accident Funds

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Tebogo Msimanga |

A former lawyer, Excellent Vukani Mthembu (37) who was practising at Vukani Attorneys in  Nelspruit, was arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team for theft of trust funds. Mthembu was appointed by his clients and submitted claims on their behalf to the Road Accident Fund, Master of High Court and Estate Office.

Mpumalanga Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said upon receiving the money, he allegedly pocketed it and also the monies for litigation after a client approached him to appoint a private investigator to conduct a private investigation on her behalf.  

“The accused stole the total amount of R 981 452-54 actual loss whilst claims to the total value of R1 300 000- 00 potential loss was stopped by the Fidelity Fund.”

The suspect was released on R5000.00 bail and the case is postponed to 6 April 2022 at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

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