Second arrest made in Cell C R130m tender scam

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The Hawks have arrested a second IT executive in connection with a R130 million tender scam.

Adriraan Pillay, 39, was arrested in Germiston, Gauteng on Friday and appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday.

Pillay and co-accused, former Cell C executive Mohamed Ismail Adamjee, allegedly inflated the invoices of service providers, resulting in losses to the tune of R130 million for Cell C.

Adamjee, 44, was an IT manager at one of Cell C's service providers and is alleged to have committed the crimes between 2012 and 2019 with a director of one of the mobile network operator's service providers.

"The Hawks' investigation ensued in 2020, following an internal audit that was done at the cellphone company, which resulted in the arrest of [Adamjee] last month," Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said.

Adamjee was released on R50 000 bail following his appearance in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court last month.

Pillay was granted R50 000 bail on Monday.

"The case is postponed to 14 April 2021 when he will be joining his co-accused, [Adamjee]. The investigation is continuing into this matter and more arrests are expected," Mulamu said.


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