Ghana Health Service Accountant remanded over GHC580k theft

A Tamale High Court presided over by His Lordship Richard Kogyapwa has remanded a former Accountant with the Buipe Polyclinic in the Central Gonja District of the Savannah Region into prison custody, MyNewsGh.com reports.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) employee, Mr. Osman Jamal-Deen who appeared before the court today May 25, 2021, is facing charges of forgery and stealing of over GHS580,000 and was subsequently remanded into prison custody and the case adjourned to 8th June 2021.

A sober looking accountant was represented by lawyer Douglas Kwame Adjei

Background

The Investigative Desk of MyNewsGh.com that first broke the story has in its possession over 50 NIB forged cheques out of more than 100 which are also incorporated in a report by a committee set up by the Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service.

A face value of the numerous cheques reveal a staggering amount of GHC336,599.17 stolen from the Buipe Internally Generated Drug Account with the Tamale Main Branch of NIB.

The Medical Superintendent of the facility detected the crime, reported it to the Regional Director and then got the suspect arrested.

The Ghana Health Service then set up a fact-finding committee that audited the embattled accountant and corroborated findings; followed by a disciplinary committee that 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 were only on shelves gathering dust per our checks until recently.

Source:MyNewsGh.com/2021