Finance Ministry suspends 17,000 state sector salaries – 6,915 of which were for deceased claimants

By Sami Zaptia.

The Tripoli Ministry of Finance says it has suspended 17,000 suspected fraudulent state-sector salaries, including 6,915 for deceased people (Photo: PC/GNA).

London, 6 September 2020:

The Ministry of Finance of the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli confirmed yesterday that it has suspended 17,000 state-sector salaries as of the 1 September.

The Ministry said that the move came after it carried out its modernization of its salary payment system and discovered discrepancies between the data in the systems.

The Ministry confirmed that its salary payment system has been linked to the Civil Registry Authority and the National ID Number systems to address the imbalances contained in salary payments. For example, it discovered that state-sector salaries were being paid off to deceased 6,915 employees who had not reported as dead and their salaries were still being transferred to their employers.

Other discrepancies included variations in names and surnames or names and National ID Numbers, with the latter considered to be impersonation and their salaries considered to be fake salaries, the Ministry explained.

The Ministry said that its action is in accordance with existing laws and part of their fight against corruption. It added that discovered cases of fraud would be referred to the competent regulators for further action.

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