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'fraud' medicos out on bail

By unknown | Jul 08, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mckeed Kotlolo

Mckeed Kotlolo

A Pretoria pharmacist and his alleged doctor accomplice accused of defrauding medical aid schemes were yesterday released on bail in the Groblersdal magistrate's court in Limpopo.

Magistrate Mark Botha released Obed Motlhamme Khalidzwe and doctor Dovhani Josephina Ravhengani on bail of R60000 each.

The two were arrested last Wednesday by members of the Mpumalanga Organised Crime Unit and the Asset Forfeiture Unit in Pretoria. Their joint assets, worth more than R5 million including 13 vehicles, were also attached. They are facing fraud and theft charges.

In their bail application, the two submitted affidavits in which they claim innocence to the charges, that they would abide by bail conditions and that they were no flight risks.

The affidavits were read by advocate Kenny Oldwadge for Khalidzwe, 36, and attorney Abey Dikgale for Ravhengani, 47.

The state did not oppose bail. The court heard that Khalidzwe had no previous convictions or outstanding cases, while Ravhengani was convicted of fraud more that 10 years ago.

State advocate Ansie Venter told the court that the two defrauded Hosmed of R1,8 million and Polmed of R2,2 million and that the amounts related only to suspicious transactions verified by the medical aid scheme.

She further stated that a number of state medications, including about 5000 tablets, were found at Khalidzwe's pharmacy.

The case was postponed to September 5 for further investigation.


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