Hawks bust Agrizzi in R1.6billion fraud, carries out arrest

 

The man at the center of controversy at the Zondo commision is in a long haul with Hawks.

Agrizzi is allegedly involved in corrupt awarding of tenders worth R1.6bn by the department of correctional services to Bosasa are expected to appear in court on Wednesday after handing themselves over to police.

Former top prison bosses and Angelo Agrizzi are among those the Hawks have linked to the alleged corrupt awarding of tenders worth R1.6bn by the department of correctional services to Bosasa.

In his submission, Hawks spokesperson Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed to TimesLIVE that suspects, including a person who is currently overseas, were contacted on Tuesday by detectives from the serious economic offences unit.

“They were arrested this morning after they surrendered to the Hawks officers,” he said.

Court papers indicate that the suspects include Agrizzi, former correctional services commissioner Linda Mti and former correctional services CFO Patrick Gillingham.

Mulaudzi declined to confirm who was a suspect.

“They will appear in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court today [Wednesday],” he said

the six were taken to the Pretoria Central Police Station after handing themselves over to investigating officers.

Mulaudzi said the arrest of the suspects, which included a former top correctional services department official, followed a “marathon investigation where almost R1.6bn is said to have been misappropriated in the tender processes for the procurement of various services by the department of correctional services”.

The tenders were awarded to Bosasa Operations and its affiliates and subsidiary companies.

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