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10.02.2010 Crime & Punishment

Cape Coast NHIS Manager Granted Bail

By Daily Graphic
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Mr Reindorf Osei, Manager of the Cape Coast National Health Insurance Scheme, Mr Reindorf Osei, has been granted a GH¢50,000 police enquiry bail by the police.

The Central Regional Crime Officer, Mr Frederick Wilson, told the press that Mr Osei had been granted a police enquiry bail to enable him to assist them in their investigations.

He said Mr Osei was arrested on Friday after the Chief Internal Auditor of the National Health Insurance Authority, Dr Gustav Cruickshank, had reported the case of fraud to the police.

Mr Wilson said Mr Osei co-operated with the police and was on Friday granted bail, refuting reports that he had gone into hiding.

He said Mr Osei had reported himself to the police about five times as of 2 p.m. on Monday, helping the police in investigations.

Mr Wilson said Mr Osei had told the police that he had made efforts to ensure that the purported embezzlement at the office was brought to light.

He said the police had not yet charged Mr Osei with any crime, saying that the investigations were still ongoing.

He said the suspect had appealed to the police to allow him to travel to Paris, France, for his graduation ceremony, after he had made available his travel documents to the police.

He said he had, however, advised the suspect against travelling until investigations were completed.

He said Mr Osei had told the police that his visa was only for a month’s duration, adding that the suspect had insisted that he had nothing to fear because he was not guilty.

Mr Wilson said the police were ready to ensure that anyone found culpable after investigations were complete was made to face the consequences.

Meanwhile, he said, efforts were being made to arrest the scheme accountant, Mr Osei-Tutu Bempah, who he said was believed to be on the run, to assist in investigations.

When the press visited the scheme’s office, officials said the manager had reported for work on Monday last week but had left the office with some visitors he received.

Work at the scheme office was going on smoothly at the time of the visit.

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