National 23.8.2016 01:34 pm

‘Fake’ pharmacist arrested outside Tzaneen

Picture: Letaba Herald.

Picture: Letaba Herald.

Large quantities of medication assumed to have been stolen from the department of health were found.

The Hawks’ Commercial Crime Unit intelligence-driven operation has led to the arrest of a nurse posing as a pharmacist in Sekororo, outside Tzaneen, Limpopo, as he was in contravention of the Medicine Control Act, Letaba Herald reports.

During the operation, a search at his pharmacy was conducted, and medication that required a licence to be sold and a prescription to purchase were found.

Large quantities of medication assumed to have been stolen from the department of health were also found on the premises and was seized.

Medical aid claim forms were also discovered at the pharmacy, and the pharmacy was shut down immediately.

The suspect has appeared at the Maake Magistrates’ Court on Friday, August 19, and was granted R800 bail. He is set to appear again on September 26.

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Meanwhile in Mamaila village, another pharmacy was also closed down for operating with another registered pharmacy’s license.

A large quantity of medicine, medical aid claim registers and other financial registers were also seized.

The owner of the pharmacy is soon to be arrested for fraud, contravention of Medicine Control Act and operating a pharmacy without a licence. Investigations are under way.

– Caxton News Service

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