Embattled Deputy Electoral Commissioner Georgina Opoku Amankwah and two other officers accused of siphoning the sum of ¢480,177.87 from the Commission’s Endowment Fund have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
The conclusion was reached by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) after seven months of investigations, Myjoyonline.com has learnt.
The two others are EC Chief Accountant, Kwaku Owusu Agyei-Larbi and Finance Officer Joseph Kwaku Asamoah.
The three were interdicted in July last year over the missing money to allow for investigations into the matter.
Myjoyonline.com sources at the Attorney-General’s Department (A-G) revealed the money was to be transferred from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department into an Investment Fund Account at NDK Financial Services from March to October, 2014.
[L-R] Amadu Sulley, Charlotte Osei and Georgina Opoku Amankwah
But it was later disclosed only ¢354,016.57 was transferred into the account to defray the arrears of investment from July to December 2013. The money covering March to October 2014 was however not paid.
The sources said the anti-graft agency’s investigation into the matter could not unravel who was responsible for the missing difference GH¢126,161.3.
The revelation came days after EOCO officials invaded the offices of EC last Monday to forcefully evict Mrs Opoku Amankwah from her office. She defied EOCO directive for her to stay home pending the conclusion of investigations.
Mrs Opoku Amankwah, her boss Charlotte Osei and Deputy Commissioner in charge of Operations Amadu Sulley are being investigated by a Chief Justice committee over allegations of questionable transactions at the Commission.
She is expected to resume her normal duties on February 5 following an agreement her lawyers reached with EOCO officials during the invasion.