Alhassan Imoro and 38 others have, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge of stealing GH₡86.9 million.
A former Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Alhaji Alhassan Mohammed Imoro, has officially been charged with stealing by an Accra Fast Track High Court (Tax and Financial) Division.
The NSS boss is standing trial over allegations that he had, from the month of September 2013 to July 2014, at the NSS headquarters in Accra, stolen GH¢86.9 million belonging to the Government of Ghana through the payment of ghost or non-existent service personnel..
According to prosecution, investigation so far revealed that for every month—starting from September 2013 to July this year—an amount of GH¢7.9 million was paid to 22,612 non-existent or ‘ghost’ service persons.
Imoro and 38 others have, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge of stealing GH₡86.9 million.
However, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) waded into the matter and recovered GH¢30 million from officials implicated in the multi-million-cedi fraud at the secretariat of the National Service Scheme (NSS).
The money, according to a highly placed BNI source, was retrieved from 150 regional and district directors of the NSS beginning from January this year.
Prosecution said the ghost names were generated at the NSS headquarters under the supervision of the former NSS boss.
According to the prosecution, Imoro instructed that the names be added to the Payment Vouchers (PVs).
The prosecutor said the PVs were distributed to the Regional Directors of the Scheme and on receipt, they also distributed to the District Directors under their jurisdiction.
Prosecution said Imoro signed cheques for payments which were deposited in the banks of the districts where service persons withdrew their allowances.
Imoro also issued instructions to the District Directors, through their Regional Directors, that after the allowances of the genuine service persons had been paid the money for the ghost names should be withdrawn and sent to him through the Regional Directors.