Ten officials including the Public Relations Officer and two data entry clerks of the Akim Oda branch of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) have appeared before the Akim Swedru Circuit Court accused of stealing various sums of monies belonging to their employers and forgery of documents.
They are 34-year-old Samuel Obiri, Public Relations Officer, Dorcas Arthur, 35 and Dorcas Boafo Asor, 27, both data entry clerks and 34-year-old Richard Kwasi Boateng, a Marketing Officer.
The rest are Joyce Annor Mensah, 21 and Irene Prah, 20, all supporting staff, Emmanuel Ampem Darko, 40, Management Information System Officer, Emmanuel Broku Asante, 24, Renewal Officer and Anthony Appiah, a staff.
They have pleaded not guilty to all the three counts of stealing, abetment of crime and forgery of official documents.
The presiding judge, Mr. Yaw Attah Sampong admitted them to a GH¢GH2, 000 bail each with one simety each.
They would appear before the Court again on August 31.
Police Detective Chief Inspector Kwadwo Ahenkorah, told the Court that at about 4.20 pm on July 15, the complainant who is the acting scheme manager questioned Asante, Joyce, Portia and Irene in connection with a malfeasance at their work place.
He said in the course of the interrogations, the four accused mentioned six other colleagues’ officers as accomplices in the alleged fraud.
Detective Chief Inspector Ahenkorah, Asante admitted his collaboration with the others to defraud the scheme of millions of cedis. According to Asante, the fraud was perpetrated as a result of faulty computer data system which could accept and generate any receipt number which is the requirement for insuring validation of insurance cards.
The prosecution told the court that the accused took advantage of the negligence of Obiri who was keeping the insurance staker and they succeeded in illegally registering 12 cards based on the weak internal administrative mechanisms.
Afer investigations, the accused were accordingly charged.