The Public Accounts Committee has declare Clemence Animabo, a cashier at the Twifo Praso Magistrate Court in the Central Region, wanted.
Approximately a three-year span, Clemence Animabo allegedly embezzled over GH71,000 in court revenues.
This came up at the Judicial Service’s appearance before parliament’s Public Accounts Committee on February 11, 2022.
Clemence Anomabo must pay back the money, according to the committee’s chairman, James Klutse Avedzi, and he must turn himself in or face the committee’s fury.
“His name is Clemence Animabo, and used to work at the Twifo Praso Magistrate Court as a cashier. He embezzled GH71,759 and paid GH10,492, leaving a deficit of GH61,000 owed to him. He has eluded the authorities and is hiding from the court. This committee is looking for him. In his own best interests, he should contact the committee’s clerk. Mr. Avedzi says, “If he refuses to come, we’ll grab him.”
Meanwhile, the Judicial Service claims to have put in place systems in all of the country’s courts to prevent such incidents. The Judicial Service’s Director of Finance, Gloria Takyi, informed the committee that the proper safeguards have been put in place to prevent similar occurrences.
She stated that the desired person was apprehended but fled after being granted bail.
“We reported him to the cops, and he was put under house arrest.” He was released on bond and went on the run,” she added.
“We have strengthened the monitoring process, and we have seen that there may be some collusion between the registrar and the cashier, so you need a third party or an independent person,” she added. “That is why we have the inspectorate and audit unit, as well as the non-tax unit, doing unaccounted checks on the cashiers nationwide to ensure that such occurrences are reduced to the bare minimum.”