A former attorney is to return to court for allegedly stealing more than half a million rand from the Road Accident Fund (RAF).
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ATTORNEY CHARGED WITH THEFT
The former attorney, Betty Diale, 52, was reportedly caught out by the Fidelity Fund. The Fidelity Fund is a body which oversees the conduct of attorneys.
The fund received several complaints from the Road Accident Fund claimants, said the National Prosecuting Authority.
These claimants stated that their payments were deposited into Diale’s trust account, spokesperson Henry Mamothame said.
“The claimants alleged that the said money did not reach them, after the pay-out, and henceforth investigations [were conducted].”
During the alleged commission of the crime, Diale was practicing as an attorney. The theft allegedly happened between 2009 and 2011. She was charged with six counts in June last year.
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“Diale is facing six charges of theft, amounting to approximately R700 000, allegedly stolen from the Road Accident Fund claimants,” he said.
The Legal Practice Council has struck her off the roll, meaning this prevents her from practicing as an attorney, due to the charges.
DIALE TO FACE THE COURT
Diale appeared before the Rustenburg Regional Court on Monday, 25 June. She is out on a warning and has been cautioned not to interfere with the state witnesses.
But the matter was postponed to Thursday, 4 August, for a pre-trial conference.
“The matter was set for a pre-trial, however, her defence attorney indicated to the court that they intend to enter negotiations with the state about the charges,” said Mamothame.
The state did not oppose the postponement and the former attorney is expected to return to the same court on Monday, 29 August 2022 for negotiations.
“The state will engage with Diale’s attorney on the negotiations, although it is unknown what the negotiations are about at this stage.”
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