Former accountant at Registrar-General’s Department steals $163,000

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– A former accountant at the Registrar-General’s Department, Tahiru Haruna, has been accused of embezzling $163,510

– He allegedly transferred the money from the department’s account into his personal account

– He however admitted the offence and refunded the money, but has been surcharged $30,877.50 for the amount allegedly embezzled A former principal accountant at the Registrar General’s Department, Tahiru Haruna, is in trouble for allegedly defrauding the state by over US$163,510.00.

According to the Auditor-General’s report, Haruna transferred the amount from the Registrar General’s account into his private account in 2014, contrary to the Ghana’s financial regulations.

“Our audit of the accounts of the Registrar General’s Department for the period ended 31st December 2014, disclosed that Tahiru Haruna, Principal Accountant, transferred US$163,510.00 from the Departmental Account into his private account, thereby defrauding the state of $163,510.00 contrary to Regulation 2 of the Financial Administration Regulations, 2004 (L.I. 1802)” the Auditor-General’s department stated in a special audit report on disallowance and surcharge as at November 30, 2018.

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The front view of a buildingIn the report, Haruna admitted to the offence and entered into an agreement for refund. He, in the report, is said to have “later refunded” the money. But for his punishment, Haruna, per the report, has been surcharged $30,877.50 for the amount allegedly embezzled.

He is to pay the said amount into the Consolidated Fund through Registrar General Department’s accounts, but no timelines were given for the payments. Meanwhile, the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo, says his outfit has engaged the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) to help recover GHc500 million from individuals and institutions who misappropriated state funds.

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