MHIS Manager In Court For Forgery

Evans Raybon Anyadi, the Mutual Health Insurance Scheme manager at Adaklu Anyigbe in the Volta Region has been arraigned before THE Fast Track High Court in Accra for allegedly embezzling GH¢106,706.23.

He is alleged to have forged some documents and raised vouchers for non-existing service providers as an officer fully responsible for the payment of claims submitted by recognised service providers, in the Agortime-Ziope District formerly Kpetoe District.

He pleaded not guilty to all the 37 charges preferred against him by the prosecutor, Mr. Anthony Rexford Wiredu, the Chief State Attorney, at the Financial Division 2 of the Fast Track Court yesterday, and  granted a GH¢100,000 bail with two sureties, with no justification.

Seven of the charges were “forgery of document”, contrary to Section 159 of the Criminal and other offences Act (Act 29) 1960, while the other 30 were “stealing”, also contrary to section 124 (1) of Act 29/60.

Each charge spelt out the offence and the sums of money the accused “stole” at a point in time-thus swelling the number of charges or counts to a total of 37.

Presenting the facts to the court presided over by Justice John Ajet-Nasam, the Chief State Attorney, Mr. Wiredu said the accused was the Scheme Manager of the Adaklu Anyigbe Mutual Health Insurance Scheme at Kpetoe in the Volta Region.

He was responsible for the payment of claims submitted by recognised service providers in the area, but between 2008 and 2009 forged the scheme’s Payment Voucher (PV) and claimed various sums of money, but failed to pay some of the service providers.

The service providers included St. Anthony Herbal Clinic, Deo Valente Chemical Shop, Steven Vuvor Chemical Shop, Hope Health Centre, Avedzi Community First Aid Centre, Menyi Maternity Home, Ryte Aid Pharmacy, Life, Volta Regional Hospital, Municipal Hospital, Aggor D.K., Waya Health Centre, Wudzedeke CHP Zone and Ahunder Health Centre.

The accused’s dealings were exposed by auditors of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) between April 12 and 24, 2010.

The audit scope, according to the prosecutor, covered January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2009.

Investigations revealed that, after the service providers had submitted their claims for payment, Anyadi also raised the amount on the Payment Voucher (PV) and succeeded in claiming GH¢134,481.81, with the notion of paying the respective service providers.

He, however, paid GH¢27,775.58 to some claimants leaving a difference of GH¢106,706.23 which he could not account for.

Mr. Wiredu said the accused denied the allegations against him in his caution statement but was charged with the offence after investigations.

The case was adjourned to February 13. By Castro Zangina-Tong     

 

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