South Africa: Three Suspects Arrested for Fraud and Corruption and Money Laundering in Durban

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Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS)

KWAZULU-NATAL - On Thursday, 9 July 2020, Hawks members from Durban Serious Corruption Investigation unit arrested three accused, Ravindran Pillay (53), Dhanapalan Pillay (51) and Sholyn Pillay (24) for fraud, corruption and money laundering.

It is alleged that the three connived and defrauded Toyota of an amount of more than R5.5 million. During the year 2015 to 2017, Ravindran Pillay who was a storeman at Toyota South Africa allegedly generated purchase orders for Robotic Harnesses from Erenco Trading CC and Dhanapalan Pillay who would then issue fictitious invoices. Once Erenco Trading received payment from Toyota SA, funds would be then transferred to Sholyn Pillay's account.

They appeared in the Durban Magistrates' Court and they were all released on bail. Ravindran Pillay was granted R2000 bail, Dhanapalan Pillay was released on R10 000 bail whilst Sholyn Pillay is out on R5000 bail. The case was postponed to 01 October 2020 for a pre-trial.

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