Over US$960,000 hoarded in Attorney-General’s office illegally for 3yrs

Rot at Attorney-General’s office as GH¢4,740,635 is illegally hoarded for 3 years. This amount is equivalent to US$969,455.50.

According to the report, this money was to be transferred into the Consolidated Fund Account in 2016. The funds were proceeds from a criminal case involving the Republic of Ghana vs. Flamingo Foods back in 2016.

MoJAG’s by holding on to the founds has violated Regulation 22 of the Financial Administration Regulations, 2004.

The said act states that indicates that all public monies collected shall be paid in gross into the Public Funds Accounts and no disbursement shall be made from the monies collected except as provided by an enactment.

However, the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General has maintained the funds were paid into a US dollar account with the bank of Ghana.

It is also important to put on record that the report also noted an amount of GH¢75,153 was giving out as loans to some two (2) state attorneys between 2009-2010 to be used to acquire vehicles. This act is also contrary to Regulation 111 of the Financial Administration Regulations, 2004.

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The loans were paid by the beneficiaries through Zenith Bank as deductions were made at source as indicated in the report. However only GH¢43,454 was recovered from the total loan of GH¢75,153 leaving a net balance GH¢31,699.

The AG’s failure to deduct the repayments from source led to the unpaid outstanding balance. The transactions were made by A. R. Wiredu and William Kpobi, totaling, GH¢75,153.

The management at the Attorney General’s Dept was also found to have failed to remit a tax of GH¢3,429 was also not deducted from the gross payments of GH¢36,428 at the AG’s Department in Second with an additional withholding tax of GH¢2,223 also not deducted from the gross payment of GH¢37,372 paid to staff.

The Auditor-General has directed that, the management of the Sekondi Attorney General’s Department should collect the tax GH¢5,653 outstanding and remit same to the GRA without any further delay.

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