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German regulator examines auditor EY over Wirecard accounts

The German body in charge of regulating auditors is examining the work of EY, the auditor that approved the books of collapsed payment services firm Wirecard, the German Economy Ministry said on Monday. The ministry said Auditors’ Regulator (Apas) had upgraded a preliminary investigation that had been running since October… Read More

Where FATF crypto compliance gets interesting: Africa

Africa isn’t included on the virtual asset regulatory map just yet. But crypto businesses seeing strong growth across the 54-country continent are working hard on know-your-customer (KYC) rules to meet the exacting standards set out by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). A broad range of entities operating in Africa,… Read More

Warning over Monzo financial crime review

Monzo is reviewing the quality of its financial crime controls and warned that the outcome could have a significant impact on its finances. The troubled digital bank, which issued a warning on Thursday over its ability to remain in business, began an investigation of its “financial crime control framework”… Read More
31st July 2020
German authorities have asked Russian officials if Jan Marsalek, the former Wirecard AG executive who ran operations for the disgraced fintech company, had entered Russia and requested they act on an Interpol notice issued for his arrest. The request, made on July 22, and a “red notice” issued through multilateral… Read More
30th July 2020
The UK’s top sanctions regulator has issued landmark guidance for all companies involved in maritime trade, instructing them to pay closer attention to vessel behaviour, company structures and potentially forged documents. The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) warns that “a variety of tactics are deployed to confuse or conceal… Read More
29th July 2020
Collapsed payments processor Wirecard AG miscoded gambling transactions and had high levels of stolen card purchases and reversed transactions, leading to hefty fines from card networks Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. Visa and Mastercard each imposed fines exceeding $10 million… Read More
28th July 2020
A Mastercard executive allegedly was involved in a money-laundering operation at a bank accused of terrorist financing and organised crime that had links to Wirecard, the disgraced German payments group. A report commissioned by the owners of FBME Bank in Cyprus uncovered evidence of apparent criminal activity, including an… Read More
27th July 2020
A few years ago, the biggest banks in one of the richest corners of the globe were adding thousands of jobs to a department that suddenly seemed more important than most others: compliance. But with headcount growing more than 10-fold in some cases, those same jobs are now at risk. Read More
27th July 2020
Philippine investigators say they have identified dozens of people and entities of interest in their probe into Wirecard AG, and are focusing on two bank employees who may have facilitated a multinational accounting scandal at the insolvent German payments company. Wirecard had claimed some $2.1 billion in cash… Read More
24th July 2020
EY drafted an unqualified audit opinion of Wirecard’s accounts in early June despite public concerns that the fintech firm had not been forthcoming about its assets, the Financial Times reported Thursday. The Big Four auditor sent the draft opinion to Wirecard executives just weeks before the Germany company collapsed in… Read More
23rd July 2020
AP — Two more former executives at bankrupt German payment company Wirecard were arrested on Wednesday in the fraud scandal that brought down the one-time tech star and its former CEO was taken back into custody after the case against him was expanded, prosecutors said. The former Wirecard managers are… Read More
17th July 2020
Germany’s top financial supervisor received detailed warnings about deceptive financial practices at Wirecard AG starting in 2008 but repeatedly declined to investigate the allegations, turning instead against the accusers. Over more than a decade, investors, U.S. authorities, journalists and people close to the company warned of possible fraudulent accounting… Read More
16th July 2020
In early May, border force officers at the UK’s bustling Dover port intercepted a shipment described as “medical supplies”, apparently addressed to a London hospital. However, concealed under medical dry ice, police found more than a quarter of a tonne of cocaine, carrying a street value of as much as… Read More