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84-year-old medical doctor charged for fraud


Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS) 


KWAZULU-NATAL – On Thursday 23 February 2023, the Hawks members from Durban Serious Commercial Crime Investigation charged an 84-year-old male for fraud.

It is alleged that in May 2020 the suspect who is a medical doctor was called out by a funeral parlour owner to certify a dead body. The suspect claimed that he saw a dead body and certified it as a death person. As a result, a death certificate was issued by the Department of Home Affairs and the suspects claimed that the deceased was cremated.

A life cover policy claim of R6.5 million was submitted and the insurance company conducted its internal investigation. It was discovered that the deceased was alive and the intention was to defraud the insurance company. A case of fraud was reported at Berea police station and the case docket was allocated to the Hawks members for intensive investigation.

Following an intensive investigation, the policy holder Emmnuel Ponen (33), the claimant Merlen Munusamy (45) and the funeral parlour owner Sifiso Gabela (47) were arrested last year.

They were all charged for fraud and will appear in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court on 17 March 2023.


Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo
071 481 3475