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General News of Friday, 8 May 2015

Source: starrfmonline.com

Staff of CAGD facing prosecution over GHC1m fraud

Five staff of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) are facing prosecution for duping the state of almost GHC1 million.

The five suspects and 11 other accomplices are accused of generating ghost names on government payrolls to siphon state funds into private accounts.

Starr News has intercepted a suit on the case which is currently before the financial division of the High court.

The accused persons have been charged for conspiracy to commit crime, namely stealing contrary to section 124 of the Criminal Offence Act 29, 1960.

The five accused persons include; Godwin Komla Amegbe Chief Treasury Officer at the Pensions Computation Unit, Controller and Controller General; Sonny Adinyira, Treasury Officer at the Controller and Accountant General’s Department attached to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), and Richard Osei Asamoah, Head of Data Entry Technical Team of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department attached to the Pensions Computation Unit of the Ghana Police Service.

The rest are Daniel Adu Twum who works at the Internal Auditor at the Pensions Unit of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department and Kwasi Alomenu External Auditor attached to the pensions unit of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department.

Investigations revealed that the accused persons got people to open accounts with some specific banks to deposit monies into them which they would later withdraw.

The account, according to investigations, was for pension benefits of supposed retirees and deceased persons.

Investigations revealed that various sums of monies were deposited into the bank accounts of purported retirees and deceased persons. The monies which amount to 1 million Ghana cedis were later withdrawn by other members of the syndicate and shared amongst themselves.

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