Man forges father’s death certificate

Man forges father’s death certificate

LERIBE – A 34-year-old man allegedly forged his father’s death certificate in a bid to swindle an insurance company.
Alliance Insurance could have lost M118 100 this month had Khoarai Thabo’s alleged scam succeeded.

Alert administrators picked up the scam after noticing that the death certificate had been tampered with, said Makhanya Khauta, the Claims Administrator at Alliance Insurance.
Thabo is now being charged with attempting to forge his father’s death certificate.

Bele Thabo, the man’s father, met a painful death after being hit by a cow on September 22 this year. He had an insurance scheme with Alliance funeral parlour from which Thabo tried to benefit using criminal means.

Thabo attempted to get M118 100 from the insurance company.
Khauta said Thabo had produced all the required documentation to access the money but the death certificate issued by Seboche hospital seemed to have been tampered with.

She said the certificate number did not correspond with the date of when his father had died.
“It was this certificate that showed us we were to be defrauded,” she said.

Khauta said Thabo walked into a trap after the company told him to return and collect his cheque on October 3. They then informed the police.
The man fled the scene and jumped into a public transport vehicle before the police could catch him, leaving his car with someone else.
Police nabbed the driver of the car, who led them to Thabo.

He will next appear in court on November 6.
“We are very vigilant,” said Khauta, adding that her company works with the police, Home Affairs, mortuaries and other stakeholders to fight such criminal activities.
“We also have the fraud committee that assists in tracking suspected claims and ensuring that fraudsters are arrested. We are sending a very strong message to would-be fraudsters that they will be arrested,” said Khauta. Four people have been arrested this year for attempting to defraud the company.

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