Wirecard Rat Race – Money-Laundering, Marijuana, Russian Nerve Gas, and Secret Services
The Wirecard case literally gets crazier by the minute. Continuously, we are fed with rumors of ever more fantastic or criminal activities in which the German DAX company and its responsible managers are said to be involved are spreading. We have recently heard that a raid was also carried out on Wirecard’s offices in Dublin, Ireland. Apparently also due to a money laundering report by the European Funds Recovery Initiative (EFRI).
Bank Fraud and Marijuana
A few hours ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that Wirecard could be involved in a bank fraud scheme. The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) reportedly is examining whether the scandal-plagued Wirecard played a critical role in an alleged $100 million bank-fraud conspiracy connected to an online marijuana marketplace, according to people familiar with the investigation.
Selling Russian Nerve Gas
The Financial Times reported that the former Wirecard COO, the Austrian Jan Marsalek touted secret documents about the use of a Russian chemical weapon in the UK. The documents, which have been reviewed by the Financial Times, included the formula for Novichok, the world’s deadliest nerve agent.
An Austrian Secret Service Agent
The Austrian newspaper Der Standard reports that Jan Marsalek is said to have worked as an agent of the Austrian secret service and in this capacity may have passed on information to the Austrian Freedom Party.
Money-laundering and new office raids
From Germany, one hears that the public prosecutor’s office is investigating Wirecard for money laundering. In the process, there are said to have been raids on the offices of Wirecard UK & Ireland in Dublin, Ireland. The raid was carried out by the Irish authorities at the request of the German public prosecutor’s office, reports Reuters.
According to the information available to FinTelegram, the money laundering investigations are also based on a complaint filed by the European Funds Recovery Initiative (EFRI). This complaint was filed, among other things, because of Wirecard’s activities in connection with the Binary Options Scam network of the Irish registered GreyMountain Management Ltd of the Israeli David Cartu and his brothers Jonathan Cartu and Joshua Cartu. Whether the raid on Wirecard’s offices in Dublin is related to this ad can only be assumed.
The Lawyer’s Game
Ultimately, the German Handelsblatt reported today that the former Wirecard CEO Markus Braun is already in the process of hiring the most expensive lawyers to arm himself against the expected lawsuits and charges.