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Durban university official jailed for R850 000 life insurance claim for non-existing husband

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Durban university official jailed for R850 000 life insurance claim for non-existing husband

It is alleged that the suspects were producing fraudulent documents using identities of people who are still alive to claim dead bodies from government mortuaries. They would then transfer the corpses to private mortuaries. Subsequently they would submit fictitious claims with different insurance companies

A Durban University of Technology (DUT) official was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Friday after she pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering.

According to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Kara, alumni coordinator Ntombizandile Ndlovu took advantage of life and funeral insurance the DUT offered to staff and their spouses.

“Even though she was unmarried, Ndlovu claimed that her husband had died, using the information of an unknown man. The fraudulent claim paid out R850 592,” Kara said.

“The insurance company, Momentum, launched an investigation after several suspicious claims were lodged by the university, and Ndlovu’s fraudulent activities were exposed.

“Following the conviction and sentence of Ndlovu, the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the NPA obtained a confiscation order for the amount of R500 000 against her as this was the amount of money they found in her bank account.”

Kara said several other staff members of DUT have since been arrested for submitting fraudulent claims. Some matters were finalised while others were pending.

 

Two people – aged 22 and 37 – appeared in the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for insurance fraud relating to unclaimed corpses at government morgues.

“It is alleged that the suspects were producing fraudulent documents using identities of people who are still alive to claim dead bodies from government mortuaries. They would then transfer the corpses to private mortuaries. Subsequently they would submit fictitious claims with different insurance companies,” Warrant Officer Lynda Steyn said in a statement

The two were arrested on fraud-related charges on November 18 following a tip-off.

This was achieved through a joint operation by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit and Phuthaditjhaba police officers after the accused had come to collect an unclaimed body at a local mortuary.