For forgery and fraudulent practices
Public Integrity Commission detains 14 suspects in Salahaddin health directorate
SALAHADDIN, February 2– The Federal Commission of Integrity announced on Friday the arrest of 14 individuals affiliated with the Salahaddin Health Department.
The arrests were made over the issuance of fake promotion orders, the signing of fraudulent procurement contracts, and the submission of forged maintenance receipts.
A statement from the commission reads,
The Federal Integrity Commission has announced the apprehension of 14 individuals affiliated with the Salah al-Din Health Department. This action follows their involvement in the issuance of fraudulent promotion orders, the finalization of deceitful procurement contracts, and the creation of counterfeit maintenance receipts
According to the Government Information and Communications Office, the Salahaddin Investigation Office uncovered the health department’s engagement in 39 fabricated contracts for the acquisition of electrical appliances, furniture, detergents, and stationery, totaling 3,694,150,000 billion dinars between 2018 and 2020. The director of the division, along with five other defendants from the Purchasing and Price Moderation Committees, were arrested in accordance with Article 340 of the Penal Code, based on the decision of the investigating judge.
The office executed an arrest warrant for the current assistant director of Tikrit Teaching Hospital, formerly the head of the administrative, financial, and legal matters department in the Salahaddin Health Department. This individual was responsible for issuing fictitious administrative orders promoting employees in the primary health care sector in Baiji during 2021 and 2022. These orders were issued without the necessary approval from the Minister of Health or the issuance of a ministerial order for promotion, resulting in a misallocation of public funds through disbursing financial sums to employees based on these fraudulent promotions.
Moreover, seven defendants, including the chair and members of the repair and defect detection committees in the health department, were apprehended for causing a waste of public money. Funds were disbursed to the car repair committee based on fabricated receipts. Following an investigation and examination of the stores from which the alleged purchase receipts were issued, it was revealed that department accounts employees had dispensed amounts for car repair transactions using counterfeit purchase receipts. This practice was conducted to serve personal interests at the expense of public funds.