Pretoria based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team ensured that two accused, Tyrone Pillay (48) and Quinton James (49) appear before the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on 03 December 2013. The duo is facing 189 theft charges, 189 Fraud charges and count 190, money laundering in contravention of Section 4 of Prevention of Organised Crime Act. It is alleged that from 2014 to 2020, the two accused while in the employment of AMKA as maintenance contractors submitted several invoices to the value of R5 million for the work they did not do.
All the invoices submitted were settled by AMKA. The two accused shared proceed amongst themselves via their bank accounts. The matter was remanded to 14 November 2023. They were released on R10.000 bail each.
Meanwhile, Pretoria Magistrates’ Court granted forfeiture order in a Sunnyside case on 31 October 2023.
The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team based in Pretoria conducted an undercover operation in terms of section 252 A at the address of suspect Okechukwu Livingston, who unduly influenced police members to secure release on one of his brothers who was in police custody. During the exchange of money, the accused was arrested, and cash amount of R20 000.00 was seized. A forfeiture order was granted, pending CARA payment.
In an unrelated matter, a forfeiture order was granted by the Johannesburg High Court on 9 October 2023 in Johannesburg case of dealing drugs. On 08 September 2020, the Hawks members attached to the South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau received information about a truck from Mozambique to Johannesburg which was transporting drugs.
The members conducted surveillance on the N12 Boksburg westbound and the truck was stopped and searched wherein two plastic bags were found hidden under the dashboard panel containing a white powder aa well as six plastic bags inside the passenger door panel containing a white powder together with R12 060.00 cash found in the possession of the driver. The driver was arrested and drugs as well as money were seized.
In a separate case, on 25 March 2022, Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team conducted an undercover entrapment operation in terms of section 252(A) of CPA.
The accused, Arfan Ahmed the head of a criminal syndicate which infiltrated the Department of Home Affairs and corrupted the officials who assisted the syndicate with the fraudulent and illegal issuing of South African passports to foreign nationals.
A 2013 Toyota Fortuner 2.5D RB and a 2015 Toyota Fortuner 3.0D-4RB which were used as instrumentalities of crime by transporting passports and identity documents were seized by the police for being used in the commission of a crime. A preservation order was granted in March 2022 and a forfeiture order was granted on 12 October 2023by Johannesburg High Court.