Bogus doctor arrested for fraud

MPUMALANGA –A 37-year-old suspect is expected to appear in the Vosman Magistrate’s Court on today facing a charge of fraud and corruption.

He was arrested during a disruptive operation carried out by members of the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team in Mpumalanga together with Inspector of Health Profession Council of South Africa (HPCSA) on Friday, 13 August 2021 at Vosman Policing area.

The team reacted to the information that was received about a person who was practicing as a doctor without being registered.

On arrival at the premises used for his practice, an unregistered Doctor was found and the receptionist confirmed that he was the Doctor on duty. A search was conducted and the suspect did not have valid documentation that allowed him to practice as a doctor.

The Congolese National was arrested for Contravening Section 17(1) (a) of the Health Professions Act 56 of 1974. The charges relates to practicing as a Doctor by seeing patients and issuing medicines without being registering with the Health Profession Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Source: South African Police Service

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