Widow bust for claiming from RAF for husband who died after falling off a bridge

09 October 2021 - 11:15
The Hawks have arrested Marlene Pietersen for allegedly submitting a false claim to the Road Accident Fund.
The Hawks have arrested Marlene Pietersen for allegedly submitting a false claim to the Road Accident Fund.
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An Eastern Cape woman is facing fraud charges for allegedly submitting a false claim worth R700,000 to the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

Marlene Pietersen, 42, allegedly made the claim on behalf of her husband who died after falling off a bridge. The Hawks’ commercial crime investigation team arrested her on Tuesday.  

Capt Yolisa Mgolodela, spokesperson for the directorate, said Pietersen claimed that her husband died in a car accident about seven years ago. She appeared in the Gqeberha New Law Court. 

“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 the bridge, claiming that he had died in a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Joubertina on July 7 2014,” said Mgolodela.

“The RAF discovered inconsistencies​ and then lodged a complaint with the Hawks which culminated in the arrest of Pietersen on October 5 2021. The RAF was rescued from a potenti­al prejudice of R700,000. Pietersen was releas­ed on warning and was instructed to return to court today, October 6 2021.”

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