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Accountant hot for embezzling Registrar General’s $163,000

A former principal Accountant at the Registrar General’s Department is in hot waters for allegedly defrauding the State by over US$163,510.00.

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

“Our audit of the accounts of the Registrar General’s Department for the period ended 31st December 2014, disclosed that Mr. 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.

In the report, Mr. Tahiru 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 Mr. Haruna per the report has been surcharged $30,877.50 for the amount allegedly embezzled.

“The Auditor-General, in the exercise of his powers, surcharged Mr. Tahiru Haruna an amount of US$30,877.50 an equivalent of GH¢129,685.50 for the amount 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.

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