On Friday Adriraan Pillay was arrested by the Hawks’ serious commercial crime investigation team in Germiston after a warrant of his arrest was issued. He has been charged with corruption and fraud against an alleged tender scam.
The 39-year-old used to work as an information technology (IT) executive at mobile operator Cell C. He has been arrested for his role in the corruption and fraud involving an amount of about R130 million.
This makes him the second IT professional to be arrested and charged in relation to this case.
It is alleged that the Adriraan, 39, and his co-accused, Mohamed Ismail Adamjee, 44, who were both IT executives, conspired with a director of a contracted company responsible for IT and network services and deceptively inflated invoices, which resulted in an actual loss of more than R130m from 2012 to 2019.
Adamjee was released on bail of R50k by the Johannesburg specialised crimes court on Tuesday.
Ndivhuwo Mulamu, spokesperson of the Hawks said the investigation resulted from last year, after an internal audit that was done at the cellphone company, which brought about the arrest of Adamjee last month.
According to Mulamu, “Pillay appeared in the Palm Ridge specialised commercial crime court on Monday, where he was granted bail. The case was postponed to April 14, when Pillay will be joining his co-accused.” The investigation continues and more arrests are expected to be made.
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