Badul trialgets scam lowdown

2012-09-20 00:00

EVIDENCE given by local businessman, Yugen Naik, that he withdrew cash in lieu of goods ordered by the SAPS at Mountain Rise on various occasions between 2008 and 2009 did not tally with his bank statements for the relevant period.

This was put to Naik during cross examination this week at the racketeering, fraud, corruption and theft trial of former Mountain Rise station commissioner, Director Hariram Badul and four co-accused, (Captain) Suresh Naraindath, (Senior Superintendent) Yunus Khan (Constable) Patrick Nkabini and businessman, Sigamoney Pillay.

Naik, of T & T Agencies, agreed with defence advocate, Jimmy Howse, that his testimony about specific occasions when he claimed to have paid cash in lieu of goods to Mountain Rise policemen, (Inspector) Stanley Naidoo and Naraindath, was not always borne out by his bank statements, the dates of which did not always tie up.

“I have no doubt that you and Stanley [Naidoo] had a scam going but it’s not the scam that you have described to this court,” defence advocate Howse suggested to him.

He suggested to Naik that his evidence was designed to hide the truth and cover up for himself and Naidoo and lay the blame elsewhere, which Naik denied.

Naik told Judge Rashid Vahed and assessors that towards the beginning of 2008 Naidoo and Naraindath approached him at his office.

Naidoo asked him to give a quote and issue an invoice in respect of toners and drums (for fax machines) “but not to supply the goods”.

“After considering it a short time, I agreed to do it,” he said.

He (Naik) was to get 10%, which was his normal “mark up” on goods he supplied.

Naik said Stanley Naidoo called to tell him when the money had been paid into his account.

He withdrew it the same day and paid it to Stanley and Naraindath.

He heard them saying that they were “going to see the director [Badul]”, but they did not say so directly to him, he said.

Naik said the same procedure was followed for every fraudulent transaction. He sometimes also legitimately supplied goods to the police station, he said.

Asked why he agreed so easily to go along with the scam, Naik said it was because business was hard to come by and he needed it.

When the police began to investigate Mountain Rise in November 2009 he immediately decided to come clean about the scam, he said.

The trial is proceeding.

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