Court orders C&AG staff to refund stolen cash

The Tax and Financial High Court has ordered five top staff of the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department who are standing trial for stealing GH¢1 million belonging to the state, to refund all the money before July 3.

This follows the announcement by Mr. Charles Bentum, one of their counsel, that they had already paid GH¢900,000 to the state.

Mr. Bentum consequently prayed the court to grant the accused some days to refund the outstanding balance to the state.

His prayer was granted by the presiding judge, Efia Serwah Asare-Botwe, who held that “international and best practices require that you go for the money.”

However, the Judge warned that she would start trial if the accused failed to refund the remaining GH¢100,000, and adjourned the case to July 3.

She said the best international practice in cases required that the moneys involved be followed instead.

The adjournment, she said, was to allow counsel and their clients to sort themselves out before the next hearing.

The accused are, Godwin Komla Amegbe Chief Treasury Officer at the Pensions Computation Unit, Sonny Adinyira, Treasury Officer attached to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), and Richard Osei Asamoah, Head of the Data Entry Technical Team attached to the Pensions Computation Unit of the Ghana Police Service.

The rest are Daniel Adu Twum who works as the Internal Auditor at the Pensions Unit and Kwasi Alomenu, External Auditor attached to the Pensions Unit.

Investigations revealed that the accused persons got people to open accounts with some specific banks to deposit moneys into them, which they later withdrew.

The accounts, according to investigations, were for pension benefits of supposed retirees and deceased persons.

Investigations revealed that various sums of moneys amounting to GH¢1million, were deposited into the bank accounts of purported retirees and deceased persons, and, later withdrawn and shared by members of the syndicate.

By Malik Sullemana     

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