Barely a fortnight after a National Service Person was jailed for perpetrating fraud at the Tamale Medical Stores of the Ghana Health Service, a similar incident has occurred this time involving a senior accounts officer of one of the facilities.
The officer in question according to documents sighted by MyNewsGh.com’s investigative desk in one of the districts now in the Savannah Region, forged documents and signatures of the Medical Superintendent and stole about GHC 580,288.17 partly from the NIB Bank.
According to details uncovered by MyNewsGh.com, the Medical Superintendent detected the crime, reported it to the Regional Director and then got him arrested.
The service set up a fact-finding committee that audited him and corroborated findings, then a disciplinary committee was set to take him through disciplinary proceedings.
The Disciplinary Committee also did its work and produced a report in August 2020 a copy of which is possession of MyNewsGh.com. However, both the fact-finding committee report and the disciplinary committee reports are only on shelves gathering dust per our checks.
Sources reveal that the suspect who has since been transferred to the Regional Health Directorate has paid GHC 35,000.00 out of the GHC 580,288.17 he stole through forged cheques and the rest by undeposited funds.
In some instances, there were even cheques that were honoured with only one signature(his), meanwhile, the Medical Superintendent is the principal account holder.
Our investigations reveal all forged cheques were honoured by the NIB Bank and not a single one was rejected.
The Northern Regional Health Directorate when reached, declined comment on the matter but excerpts of the 25-page fact-finding investigative report undertaken by a 3-member committee indicts the accounts Officer.