PE woman released on warning after a failed attempt to defraud RAF of R700K

A 42-year-old woman appeared in the magistrate’s court in Gqeberha on Tuesday for allegedly trying to defraud the road accident fund (RAF) of R700,000.

Marlene Pietersen was nabbed after her claim application was flagged by the national insurance scheme and referred to the Hawks for investigation.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela said Pietersen allegedly falsely stated that her husband died in a car accident.

“On April 24 2018, Pi­etersen allegedly submitted a false road accident fund claim on behalf of her husband, Niklaas Gallant, who died af­ter falling off a bridge, claiming that he had died in a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Jo­ubertina on July 7 2014,” Mgolodela said.

“RAF discovered inconsistencies​ and then lodged a complaint with the Hawks, which culminated in the arrest of Pietersen on October 5.

“RAF was rescued from a potential prejudice of R700​,000.”

Pietersen was released on warning

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