A Johannesburg man pretending to be a medical doctor became nabbed with the aid of the police and the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) for selling fake ill notes to the general public.
HPCSA officials and the police for selling fake sick notes. He was in possession of blank medical certificates, a stamp, and negative Covid-19 declaration forms."/>
Eight humans have been also a bust for submitting fraudulent scientific certificates.
On Wednesday, the HPCSA stated its inspectorate workplace - in collaboration with Ekurhuleni East crime intelligence, and the Ekurhuleni metropolitan police department’s network liaison unit - arrested a Zimbabwean man known as “Mr. Kutoka” at the same time as within the act of issuing the dodgy sick notes. The arrest followed an investigation brought on by using faux medical certificates by way of Checkers personnel.
This turned into after as a minimum 19 Checkers employees from Northmead Square in Benoni submitted 41 fraudulent medical certificates underneath the call of “Dr. MLA Modisane”. During the operation, it changed into identified that Christopher Kutoka became issuing the fraudulent scientific certificate to the employees.
“Mr. Kutoka became stuck purple-passed at a close-by cafe issuing the stated scientific certificate. He became arrested for fraud and contravening segment 39(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act of 1974, for issuing a scientific certificate as a medical practitioner while no longer being registered with the council. Practicing while no longer registered with the HPCSA constitutes a criminal offense,” noted the regulator in an announcement.
“Upon his arrest, Mr. Kutoka, become determined to be in ownership of 38 blank clinical certificates, a stamp, terrible Covid-19 statement forms and diverse different fraudulent medical documents underneath the call of Dr. MLA Modisane,” the HSPCA said.
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It turned into further installed that Kutoka previously labored on the exercise of Dr. Modisane in Daveyton.
One character was arrested for fraud after having submitted 8 fraudulent scientific certificates.
“Further to those arrests, seven greater people were arrested for fraud the following day, for having submitted 31 of the fraudulent medical certificate.”
The suspects have been all taken into custody at the Benoni SAPS and are scheduled to seem inside the Benoni magistrate's court docket soon. The HPCSA recommended the general public against acquiring the fraudulent medical certificate and emphasized that a clinical certificate should be issued and signed by way of a clinical practitioner or some other person who is licensed to diagnose and deal with patients.
The council said the state-of-the-art arrests are part of its continuous mission “to ease the profession and eradicate any fraudulent sports which can place the career in disrepute”.
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