Crime & Punishment of 2014-09-01

Probe into ‘porn man’s’ alleged payroll fraud

The Tamale Metropolitan Directorate of Education has set up a committee to investigate the alleged fraud perpetrated by Mr Khamil Wemah, the man at the centre of the controversial Tamale Sex Scandal.

The committee was set up following Wednesday’s, August 27, front page story in The Finder headlined ‘Porn Man Dupes State.’

Alhaji Saani Mahama, the Metro Director of Education, disclosed this in an interview with The Finder.

The Finder’s investigations revealed that while cooling off in Canada, Khamil has consistently drawn salary for the past three years as a teacher with grade GEO 188, principal superintendent non-professional staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES) posted to Farukiya MA Junior High School (JHS) in Tamale. However, The Finder’s investigation revealed that Khamil never stepped in the school.

His staff ID number is 856033, and he receives his salary through a bank in Tamale.

Khamil’s March 2014 pay slip in the possession of The Finder quotes his gross salary as Ghc1,358.35, and the net salary is Ghc1,081.66.

The paper also gathered that Khamil Wemah is not even known by the staff of the school, not even the circuit supervisor.

Alhaji Mahama commended the paper for coming out with the exposé and added that the Ghana Education Service (GES) would use it as an opportunity to address all other fraud-related issues in the service.

Alhaji said the committee was expected to submit reports of its findings latest by Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

He said the findings would determine the sanctions to be meted out to Khamil.

The mother of Khamil is an employee of GES and a former District Chief Executive (DCE) under President J. A. Kufuor, and not the late President J.E.A. Mills as stated inadvertently by the paper in the maiden story.

Meanwhile, teachers in Tamale have reacted angrily and called for the issue to be thoroughly investigated, adding that GES has been ruthless on teachers who leave for further studies.

The teachers expressed utmost shock and dismay as to how the ghost name has been able to escape officials during three exercises they conducted to delete ghost names from the payroll.

They also lamented that some of them who had their names deleted after they had left for further studies could not still access their salaries after they had come back from the studies and were fully engaged in teaching.

Source: The Finder
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