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Busted pastor, doctor to spend weekend in the cooler

By unknown | Jul 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Masombuka

Sipho Masombuka

The Groblersdal regional court has decided to keep a popular pharmacist-pastor and his female doctor friend in jail for the weekend after refusing their bail application yesterday and setting it for Monday.

The pair were arrested in an early morning raid on Wednesday. Four of their friends were arrested later the same day.

They are accused of defrauding medical aid schemes of millions of rands. All six appeared briefly in court yesterday.

Obed Motlhamme Khalidzwe, 36, who is also a pastor of the Christ Embassy Church, was arrested with Dr Dovhani Josephina Ravhengani, 45 .

The other four are Elmond Maphori, 38, Patrick Mahlangu, 30, Bethuel Tseke, 30 and Nelson Mathebula, 26. Police say they are bogus pharmacists who operated in Khalidzwe's businesses.

Khalidzwe and Ravhengani allegedly defrauded several medical aid schemes since January 2005.

Khalidzwe allegedly submitted fraudulent claims to Metropolitan Health Corporate, which administers claims on behalf of members of Polmed, Government Employees Medical Scheme, and at least 13 others.

Khalidzwe allegedly sold groceries and other items at inflated prices to members of various medical aid schemes. He would then submit fraudulent claims through his various pharmacies.

For her part IRavhengani provided prescriptions for medication not required and without consultation but submitted fraudulent claims.

The two are facing charges of fraud, theft, forgery and racketeering. A money laundering charge might be added.

Police confiscated documents and attached assets estimated at more than R2,5million from Khalidzwe. These included household goods, seven bank accounts and seven luxury vehicles.

They attached five pharmacies in Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga; Limpopo and Soshanguve in Pretoria. The sixth pharmacy in Bronkhorstspruit was reportedly closed. His incomplete property in Pretoria East was also attached.

From Ravhengani police seized documents, two bank accounts, a computer and six vehicles.

They also attached a property in Cullinan and a surgery in Kwaggafontein, Mupamalanga.

The assets are estimated at more than R2 million.

Captain Leonard Hlathi of the Mpumalanga organised crime unit said the seized assets would be held until the director of public prosecutions gives further instructions.

He said Khalidzwe also faced a charge of unlawful possession of ammunition.


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