A teacher from the Eastern Cape was sentenced to suspended sentence for fraud related to funeral policies.
Sizile Mateta, 55, admitted that she had fraudulently claimed R45,000 from two funeral policies, including one Cover with a police reservist faking his death.
The district court in Gqeberha sentenced Mateta on Friday after his conviction in August. The Hawks arrested him in January.
Capt Yolisa Mgolodela, spokeswoman for the management, said the plan was allegedly hatched by an insurance broker who recruited Mateta and other suspects between April 2014 and January 2015. < / p>
Mgolodela said the police reservist had two identification documents with different dates of birth, and the suspects allegedly used one of them for the fraud.
“The broker allegedly reached out to five of his insurance customers, one of which was Mateta taking out life insurance for the reservist and filing a death claim after the waiting time had expired, “she said.
himself, the reservist, the broker’s daughter, a former member of the SA police service , another member of the public, a funeral director and his employee who claimed the body was collected and buried by them, the last suspect being the deceased A doctor who claimed to have certified the non-existent body dead. “
Mgolodela said the suspects were arrested after a forensic investigator from 1Life Insurance reported the matter to the Hawks in 2017.
“The investigation found that Mateta filed a R30,000 death claim in January 2015 for the allegedly dead police reservist with 1Life Insurance Company and a claim for R1,000 15,000 with Old Mutual, the Both were successfully paid out, “said Mgolodela.
” The reservist is said to have been working at the Humewood Police Station in Gqeberha at the time. Mateta pleaded guilty when he first appeared in court after his arrest on January 21, 2021 As a result, his attorney requested separation of the proceedings. “
On Friday, Mateta was awarded a two-year prison sentence, suspended for five years on the condition that” he during the duration does not commit dishonorable acts of exposure ”. pending as he had already paid R8,000 as a refund for the fraudulent claim of R15,000. Mateta has since paid 1Life the R30,000 it paid for the fraudulent claim. ”
The other seven defendants who have settled on trial will be on trial again in November.