Five staff members of the controller and accountant general's department who conspired to dupe the state of GHȻ1 million have escaped jail term despite being convicted of the charges.
A financial and tax court presided over by Justice Afua Serwaa Asare decided not to give a sentence after they pleaded guilty of the charges. Out of a total number of 16 accused persons, 13 have paid a total of Ȼ851,745.68 back to the state. Also, a total of Ȼ300,007.70 worth of compensation have been paid, bringing the total amount paid to Ȼ1,151,753.38. The five suspects and 11 other accomplices were accused of generating ghost names on government payrolls to siphon state funds into private accounts.
The five accused persons include; Godwin Komla Amegbe, Chief Treasury Officer at the Pensions Computation Unit, Controller and Controller General; Sonny Adinyira, Treasury Officer at the Controller and Accountant General’s Department attached to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), and Richard Osei Asamoah, Head of Data Entry Technical Team of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department attached to the Pensions Computation Unit of the Ghana Police Service.