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Cellphone Company Executive Apprehended In Tender Scam

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11 February 2021

Staff Reporter/PretoriaLIVE

Gauteng – The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Germiston arrested Adriraan Pillay (39) for alleged fraud and corruption involving approximately R130 million tender scam, Hawks Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said.

It is alleged that Pillay and his co-accused, Ismail Adanjee Mohamed (44) were both Information Technology (IT) executives at one of the well-known South African mobile network service provider. They allegedly colluded with a director of a contracted entity responsible for IT and network service provider, falsely inflated invoices which resulted in an actual loss of over R130 million from 2012 to 2019.

“The Hawks’ investigation ensued last year, 2020 following an internal audit that was done at the cellphone company which resulted in the arrest of Mohamed last month. He was released on a R50 000 bail.”

“Pillay was arrested on Friday, 5 February 2021 after a warrant of arrest was issued and he was subsequently charged with fraud and corruption. He appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Monday, 8 February 2021 where he was granted a R50 000 bail,” Mulamu said.

Meanwhile the case was postponed to 14 April 2021 where he will be joining his co-accused, Mohamed. The investigation is continuing on this matter and more arrests are expected.

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