Two constables from Paddock and Gamalakhe were the first to be arrested. One of the constables had allegedly commissioned five claim forms and the other nine, South Coast Herald reported.
The claims were approximately R100 000 a person, amounting to a total of R1.4 million, police said.
The hawker and the warrant officer from Port Shepstone face 11 counts of fraud between them, amounting to R1.1 million, police added.
Further investigations revealed a doctor from Port Shepstone was also involved. These investigations are ongoing, and the doctor has not yet been arrested.
The three police officers, together with the hawker, appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrates’ Court last week and were released on R2 000 bail each.
In a separate incident, 19 teachers in and around KwaZulu-Natal were arrested and charged for more than R25 million fraud.
During the month of February, members from the Durban Commercial Crime Unit arrested 19 teachers for fraud after criminal cases were opened and handed over to the unit for further investigations.
Police conducted their investigations and travelled as far as KaNgwanase, Nongoma, Ngwavuma, Dumbe and Jozini, where a total of 19 teachers were arrested.
The suspects were charged for fraud, with the collective estimated value of over R25 million.
It is believed some of the arrested teachers had already been dismissed by the department, while others were still teaching.
– Caxton News Service