A lack of funds in the amount of €1.9 billion dragged Wirecard into insolvency, thus causing problems for the company’s auditor EY as well as the German regulatory authority BaFin. The first question to be asked in the first place is whether the funds were ever in Wirecard at all. Most likely not! Another question pops up in this context: Why the Philippines?
An arrest order was issued for Jan Marsalek (“Darling Jan”), the former COO of Wirecard. He is supposed to be still in the Philippines. The dust after the collapse has not yet settled and much is not clear at this point. So much is sure!
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Wirecard drama continues – what about the pink elephant called money-laundering for big illegal organizations?
With the KPMG special audit report on the table Wirecard still pretends to believe that the accusations of balance sheet manipulation, irregularities in accounting, kick-back payments, and lack of transparency raised from many sides have been refuted or at least not been confirmed. The accusations of money-laundering in the context of client relationships with cybercrime organizations and scam operators are not dealt with at all. Admittedly, the scope of the special audit of KPMG did not include this pink elephant in the room.