Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

EEPco employee convicted of corruption

A customer service worker at Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) has been convicted in absentia of using his position to bilk 2.275 million birr from customers and changing 265 customer bills worth 806,209 from negative balances to positive ones.

Based on an investigation by the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC) between April 2009 and May 2011 Tefera breached the public’s trust by forging federal documents, profiting from customer bills and using his position to make a profit.

On June 12, the federal High Court first criminal bench convicted Tefera Debebe to 19 years and 6 months and 25,000 birr fine.

Meanwhile FEACC also revaled that two other indvdiuals were also convicted this week on corruption charges. The two individuals convicted were Yisemehal Ashagre who was an officer at the cutomer service deprtamnt of the Commercail Bank of Ethiopia Yirga Chaffe branch who also workd as a paying and reciveing  teller while the other one was Mengistu Zegeye.

Yisemhal was given a 2 years and 6 months imprisonment and 2 thousand birr fine on june 12 by the federal high court on two counts of charges.

The first charge stated that using his position he made a bogus request via a forged documents for withdrwal and eventual wihdrwal of in total 24,500 birr from the joint account of Gobena Mare and/or Mamo Gobena which had not been activiated for seven years on the dates of june 6, 2009 and august 10,2009.

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This verdict comes on the heels of the conviction handed down by the Federal High court recently which gave stiff prison sentences to two individuals accused of committing corruption by the FEACC.

Mohammed Demsess, former chief of Hawassa University properties and goods supervision at the main office had been charged with preparing and utilizing a forged governmental document in order to facilitate the purchase of 20,850 unneeded baker glasses for the Wondogenet forestry and Natural Resources College, costing the government 537,326 birr. Mohammed was charged, tried and convicted in absentia.