Techie tries to steal R800 million from Gautrain

A former employee of the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) was arrested on Wednesday on a string of charges including fraud, the Hawks said.

Captain Paul Ramaloko said the Hawks and the GMA arrested a 30-year-old man at his home in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria, early on Wednesday morning.

He was arrested in connection with charges of fraud, corruption and contravention of the Electronic Communication and Transactions Act.

“His employment contract with the agency was suspended two weeks ago after the agency’s internal investigation revealed his suspected involvement in what would have been a loss of millions by the GMA.”

Eye Witness News reported that the person was a junior IT employee, and that he “had been duplicating financial records of the company’s staff members and had access to bank accounts into which salaries were being paid”.

He allegedly tried to “access and withdraw hundreds of millions of rands belonging to the Gautrain management agency”, EWN said.

The man is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday.

Ramaloko said more arrests were possible .

Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi welcomed the arrest.

“A possible threat to the GMA computer systems was detected during a routine audit and the Hawks were duly notified… The GMA systems, as a result of the early detection, were not compromised,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

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