Integrity: More than 4 billion dinars worth of waste in the Kut municipality
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On Monday, the Integrity Commission revealed cases of waste of public money, fraud and embezzlement in Wasit Governorate.
A statement of integrity, seen by "Economy News", stated that "the commission's investigation department was able to seize cases of waste of public money, fraud and embezzlement in a number of Wasit governorate departments," noting that "the implementation of seizures included the Kut Municipality, the Directorate of Nationality, Civil Status, Passports and Residence, and the Sewer Directorate and the General Tax Authority.
He explained, "The Wasit Investigation Office team seized the files related to the northern and southern fruits and vegetables in Kut, which indicates that the Kut Municipality - Tenancy Division did not collect the rents and professional fees owed by the tenants of the two units, despite the expiry of the specified period for paying the premiums, which led to a waste in public money, pointing out that the sums owed by them amounted to more than (4,250,000,000) dinars.”
The statement added, "The team revealed, in a second operation, that there were cases of fraud and embezzlement in the 2017 revenues received in the Directorate of Nationality, Civil Status, Passports and Residence, with an amount of approximately (340,000,000) dinars, and was able to seize the origin of (41) accounting receipts for the collection of sovereign fees and wages. The services for the year 2017, two records for controlling the movement of documents, and (16) a revenue schedule approved by the governorate treasury, as well as the administrative orders for the accounts manager and the treasurer in the directorate.
And he continued, "The team, in another operation, seized (11) forms for cutting gas oil in the Sewerage Directorate, due to an increase in the actual quantity of gas oil in the tank compared to the quantity supplied, with a difference of (22,761) liters."
He stated that "in another process, the team moved to the branch of the General Authority for Taxes in the governorate, and revealed the existence of irregularities in the files of the owner of a company, represented by the absence of the tax stamp in the assessment notes, for the purpose of not deducting the amounts owed by the taxpayer and allowing them to evade tax, as well as for granting the taxpayer a clearance, despite his failure to submit final accounts for the years (2018-2021).