A bogus doctor and alleged assistant nabbed for fraud EASTERN CAPE - A joint operation involving Komani Crime Intelligence, DPCI, K9, VIS and the South African Health Products Authority netted two suspects aged 33 and 40 one of whom masqueraded as a Medical Doctor on Thursday 21 January
2021 in Molteno, Chris Hani District.
The operation followed after information was received from Crime Intelligence in September 2020 that one of the suspects was practicing without a licence and operating as a medical doctor in Molteno.
The reports further alleged that she was not registered with the Health Professional Council of South Africa, but nonetheless was dispensing medication to patients.
Reports suggest that the bogus doctor started practicing since 2018.
In order to verify the authenticity of these allegations, the investigators contacted the Health Professional Council of South Africa which provided an affidavit in support of the allegations against the bogus doctor.
Subsequently, an operation dubbed "Operation Corona" was conducted by the integration of role-players which included the South African Health Products Regulatory
Consequently, the two suspects were found doing business in their surgery and were immediately arrested by the police.
One of the two suspects, the assistant, is believed to be the boyfriend to the bogus doctor.
On the second day after the surveillance of the surgery the previous day, intensive search was conducted in the surgery and the house of the bogus doctor.
Medication estimated at about R700 000-00, used and unused needles for injection were confiscated.
The two suspects, the bogus doctor and her assistant will be charged for Fraud and Contravention of Medicine Act No 101/1965 and are expected to appear in the Queenstown Magistrate Court on Friday 22 January 2021.