A WOMAN was bust yesterday for allegedly selling fake doctor’s notes which people use to pretend they’re sick if they want to stay away from work.
The 47-year-old woman was arrested after a tip-off that she was selling the notes from her car in Alberton, Ekurhuleni for R150 each.
When questioned, the woman claimed that she was a registered doctor who had been practising for five months, but she was unable to provide proof.
According to a source, the woman was selling the notes with her daughter and had been doing so for seven months.
It was also alleged that she had a family member working at the police station.
“I first reported the matter on
13 May and did so again several times afterwards, but no action was taken against the woman. She and her daughter just continued to sell the notes,” said the source.
The woman took the cops and the SunTeam to her place in Marimba Gardens, Vosloorus, but there was nothing to indicate it was a legitimate surgery. There was only a room with a bed and a wardrobe. The police found more copies of sick notes with the names of different doctors at different addresses.
The woman was taken to the Alberton Police Station with her son and daughter.
Sergeant Phora Nkuna said: “Police confiscated an invoice book, a stamp and sick notes. The woman failed to produce proof that she was a doctor.”
Although the woman’s daughter was also put in the cells, it was unclear whether her son would spend the night behind bars.