Startling reports reaching DAILY GUIDE from the Serwaa Kesse Girls? Senior High School (SEKESS) at Duayaw Nkwanta in the Tano North District of the Brong Ahafo Region indicates that four account clerks of the school have allegedly embezzled a whopping GH?143,000 (?1.43billion) belonging to the school.
The four suspects, Adu Twene Asare, Benjamin Asare, Tuffik Nyarko and Ruth Kyiraa, are said to have colluded to defraud the school of that gargantuan amount, being the school fees of first-year students admitted for the 2012/2013 academic year.
The Duayaw Nkwanta police have managed to arrest Tuffik, but the other suspects, who are at large, are being pursued by the police.
Two suspects are National Service Personnel while the remaining two are employees of the school.
DAILY GUIDE was reliably informed that the suspects allegedly printed fake receipt booklets and issued them to over 100 fresh students who were directed to pay their admission fees by cash.
The four diverted the huge amount of money and shared it after the admission of the students.
Some of the suspects bought new cars for themselves and their girl friends.
The Duayaw Nkwanta District Police Commander, DSP Stephen Yaw Awuah Baffour, told a section of the media that the headmistress of the school, Doris Cobbinah Bainn, on June 13, 2013, reported the action of the suspects to the police.
DSP Awuah Baffour said the police finally arrested Tuffik on Thursday, June 20, who is helping them in investigations.
The police commander said though Tuffik admitted the crime they have not been able to prefer any charges against him because they want to gather documentary evidence from the school authorities.
Sources close to the school told the paper that the alleged dubious act of the four account clerks came to light after the school?s bankers, Ghana Commercial Bank dishonoured a cheque meant to cash money to pay for the teachers? motivation package earlier this year.
The school authorities were worried about the development since they had admitted about 500 fresh students who paid their required fees.
After an auditing, it became evident that some monies had been diverted into some private pockets. And after some investigations, the four were identified to have perpetrated the alleged fraud.
Efforts to contact the headmistress of the school, Doris Bainn proved futile, as she was said to be in a marathon meeting as at press time yesterday.
FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani