Portuguese detained in South Africa for fraud and corruption of 7.5 million euros

Portuguese detained in South Africa for fraud and corruption of 7.5 million euros
Portuguese detained in South Africa for fraud and corruption of 7.5 million euros
A 62-year-old Portuguese businessman was arrested by the criminal investigation police in eastern Johannesburg on suspicion of fraud and corruption worth 130 million rand (€ 7.5 million), a South African police source told Lusa today.
“The Graves Hawks Commercial Crime Investigation team in Germiston arrested a 62-year-old man for alleged fraud and corruption involving about 130 million rand (7.5 million euros) in a bidding scheme,” Lusa said. police spokesman Ndivhuwo Mulamu.

The South African police spokeswoman pointed out that the Portuguese businessman surrendered himself to the criminal investigation authorities in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, on Tuesday, March 30, accompanied by a lawyer, having subsequently been accused of fraud and corruption. .

Ndivhuwo Mulamu told Lusa that the suspect, director of the IT company, Cornerstone & Blue Kit, “allegedly inflated commercial invoices that resulted in losses of about 130 million rand for the South African mobile operator, Cell C, during the period of 2012 and 2019 “.

According to the file consulted by Lusa, the suspect is also a South African national.

The South African police also arrested three other male individuals, already released on bail, “who together with the Portuguese businessman inflated IT service fees required by the operator Cell C”, according to the police spokeswoman.

On the same day of his arrest, said the same source, the Commercial Crimes Tribunal, in Palm Ridge, east of the South African capital, granted parole to the Portuguese suspect by paying a bail of 50,000 rand (2,900 euros), taking the case was postponed to April 14, 2021, where the businessman will appear together with the co-defendants in the process, the South African police spokeswoman told Lusa.

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