January 31, 2014 (Back page)
The Scheme Manager of the Adaklu Angyibe Mutual Health Insurance Scheme was yesterday put before the Financial Division of the Fast Track High Court for embezzling GH¢106,706.23 belonging to 15 service providers.Raybon Evans Anyadi raised payment vouchers totalling GH¢134, 481.81 for 15 service providers resulting in the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) settling the amount but he allegedly paid GH¢27,775.58 and pocketed the rest.
The affected service providers are: St Anthony Herbal Clinic, Deo Valente Chemical Shop, Steven Vuvor Chemical Shop, Hope Health Centre, Avedzi Community First Aid Centre, Menyi Maternity Home, Ryte Aid Pharmacy, Catherine Atta, Miracle Life, Volta Regional Hospital, Municipal Hospital, Aggor D.K. Waya Health Centre, Wudzedeke CHPS Zone and Ahunda Health centre.
The offence, which was committed between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009, was detected by an auditor of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).
Anyadi has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of forgery of document and 30 counts of stealing and the court, presided over by Mr Justice John Ajet-Nasam, admitted him to bail in the sum of GH¢100,000 with two sureties.
Anyadi is expected to reappear on February 13, 2014.
Facts of the case
According to the facts of the case, Anyadi, as manager at Adaklu Anyigbe Mutual Health Insurance Scheme located at Kpetoe in the Volta Region, was fully responsible for the payment of all claims submitted by recognised service providers in the district.
The prosecution said a finance and operational audit conducted by auditors of the NHIA between April 12 and 14, 2010 revealed that after the service providers had submitted their claims, the accused person raised the payment vouchers and arrived at a total sum of GH¢134,481.81.
He took the amount from the NHIA and was billed to pay the 15 service providers but he paid GH¢27,775.58 leaving a difference of GH¢106,706.23, which, according to the prosecution, he could not account for.
The facts further stated that the accused person allegeldy forged some documents and raised vouchers in respect of non-existing service providers and collected the moneys illegally.