Salary scam: 23,306 workers, banks defraud FG N5bn annually

Salary scam: 23,306 workers, banks defraud FG N5bn annually

Yvonne Williams

Fraudulent federal civil servants may have defrauded the Federal Government of more than N5bn annually, according to estimates made by the Punch.

The minimum wage of a government worker is N18,000. This means that a worker earns a basic salary of N216,000 annually, excluding allowances.

The Federal Government has concluded plans to probe no fewer than 23,306 federal civil servants accused by an investigative panel of defrauding the government through organised salary frauds.

This means that the 23,306, if they earn the minimum wage of N18,000, may be defrauding their employers of about N419,508,000 monthly and N5,034,096,000 annually.

The government may have lost more than N5bn to salary frauds as senior officials, who earn much more than the minimum wage, are said to be involved in the scam.

The Senate had on Thursday declared its support for the move by the Ministry of Finance to prosecute civil servants found culpable in the payment of salaries and remuneration to the ghost workers over the years.

An investigative committee had been set up to probe the alleged fraudulent payment of salaries to either ‘ghost’ workers or payments to multiple accounts created by the suspects in connivance with some banks.


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