The Secretariat of the National Cathedral of Ghana has once again refuted some allegations made by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa in his episode two of the Cathedral scandal.
On Thursday, May 4, 2023, the MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa alleged that the Social Security Number of: 863-85-9197 used to generate the Cathedral’s Employer ID Number belongs to one Jose Salago.
“It has therefore emerged beyond any scintilla of doubt that the Social Security Number of a deceased young male Hispanic who died 9 years ago was fraudulently used to incorporate Ghana’s National Cathedral in Washington, DC.
However, the Secretariat of the National Cathedral has stated that these allegations by the lawmaker are not but fabrications and a distorted story.
In a letter issued and signed by the Executive Director of the National Cathedral, Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah it was noted that Ablakwa twisted the details of the dead man to suit his identity theft story.
“In arriving at this so-called Identity theft, the MP distorts the information on the registration documents by taking the Taxpayer ID number: 86-3859197, and disingenuously changes it to the social security number, SSN: 863-85-9197 belonging to a deceased named Jose Salgado. He then proceeds to accuse the National Cathedral of the “stolen” identity of the deceased to register,’’ the statement sighted by 1Family Radio indicated
The secretariat explained that although the Taxpayer ID Number and the Social Security Number have the same digits, the SSN is separated by two dashes which makes it different from the Taxpayer ID Number.
“The Social Security Number (SSN), on the other hand, is issued to individuals, and is separated by two dashes, to wit, 863-85-9197. Even if the numbers are the same, because of the dashes, they mean different things. Thus, the taxpayer ID (86-3859197) is not the same thing as soial security number (863-85-9197),’’ the statement explained.