Tebogo Msimanga |
A 45-year-old Hilel January appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday on charges of fraud and money laundering.
January’s arrest emanates from a warrant of arrest being issued for his alleged involvement on approximately R130 million fraudulently stolen from Cell-C by IT and network service providers, Redefine Technology, Cornerstone & Blue Kit IT, and Techno Genius between 2012 and 2019.
Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu of Gauteng Hawks said the investigation revealed that Redefined Technology, solely owned by former IT Manager at Cell-C, January, was awarded software and network service tender by Cell-C which approximately R130 million was paid for services rendered, for the period.
“However, an amount of R47 million was allegedly transferred into Techno Genius, owned by Adriaan Pillay (38) whose business partner, Mohamed Ismail Adamjee (44), at the time was a Cell-C executive both got arrested for allegedly colluding and inflating rates for services required by Cell-C.”
January’s arrest brings the total number of accused to seven thus far on the alleged Cell-C missing millions. He was granted R30 000 bail and the case is postponed to 16 February 2022 where he will be joined by his six co-accused.