GRA staff steals GH¢310k belonging to the state

GRA staff steals GH¢310k belonging to the state

-A circuit court in Tamale has remanded a GRA staff standing trial for stealing over GH¢310,000 from his employers.

-He is said to have used the money to buy personal properties including a house and a car

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An accounts officer at the Domestic Tax Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in Tamale who allegedly stole GH¢310,909.96 belonging to the state to buy personal property has been remanded in prison custody.

GRA theft

The accused, Fuseini Hamza, according to the Principal State Attorney, Mr Salia Abdul Quddus, was responsible for lodging money collected by the office into the various accounts of the GRA.

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In June, 2017, his boss discovered a shortfall of GH¢310, 909.96 in their accounts during a validation exercise.

When Hamza was questioned, he claimed to have duly lodged all the money into the accounts of the GRA.

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His boss then followed up to the GCB Bank Limited to the accused's claims but was told that the amount of GH¢310, 909.96 had not been lodged into the accounts.

Upon further interrogation, Hamza is said to have admitted that he had not paid the money into the accounts of GRA, but rather, he used it to acquire personal property, including two plots of land, a house and a 4 X 4 vehicle.

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The matter was reported to the police and Hamza was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of stealing and money laundering after investigations.

He pleaded guilty to both charges and was remanded by the Tamale Circuit court presided over by Mr Justice Edward Apenkwah.

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