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JPMorgan Dropped Accounts That Became Bad News for Deutsche Bank

The trio of clients that got Deutsche Bank AG in regulatory trouble this week had a shared back story: They were all castoffs of JPMorgan Chase and Co. Deutsche Bank moved millions of dollars across the globe for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in the past decade, and… Read More

Germany Probes Possible Money Laundering by Wirecard Executives

German prosecutors are looking into possible money laundering by executives at Wirecard AG, adding to ongoing probes related to potential fraud and fake accounting at the insolvent payments firm. A spokeswoman for the Munich public prosecutor said it was conducting several legal cases related to possible money laundering… Read More

Wirecard Under Criminal Scrutiny by U.S. Authorities as Part of Probe Into Alleged Bank-Fraud Conspiracy

The Justice Department is examining whether scandal-plagued German payment company Wirecard AG 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. Two businessmen have already been charged in the alleged fraud, accused of… Read More
9th July 2020
When Deutsche Bank AG sought out Jeffrey Epstein as a client, he was a convicted Florida sex offender with a publicized taste for young eastern European women. The bank helped him send millions of dollars to his alleged co-conspirators. It handled transfers to women with Russian bank accounts. And… Read More
7th July 2020
Mastercard was warned about Wirecard’s links to an alleged laundering network in 2016, The Times can reveal. The payments group was handed details of Wirecard’s alleged links to a scheme that used bogus online stores to disguise the processing of high-risk payments, and Mastercard executives privately admitted to concerns about… Read More
7th July 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has already seen one major accounting fraud. There could be more to come. The implosion of digital payments company Wirecard has set off a huge scandal in Germany, where financial regulators, auditors and the firm’s supervisory board are being asked how they missed a $2 billion… Read More
3rd July 2020
The City regulator was warned last year that Wirecard was allegedly linked to a scheme that used fake online stores to disguise the processing of high-risk payments. The Financial Conduct Authority was given details of an operation whereby allegedly bogus ecommerce sites were used as a front for channelling online… Read More
2nd July 2020
The global watchdog against money laundering and terrorist financing is seeking input on how to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction as Germany assumes its two-year presidency of the organization. In an announcement following the final plenary meeting under Chinese President Xiangmin Liu, the Financial Action Task… Read More
1st July 2020
Senior Wirecard employees were linked to an opaque network of British companies associated with alleged money laundering. Staff from the scandal-hit German payment processor were shareholders in a company creation operation in the northeast of England that was shut down after a government investigation. The revelations will increase scrutiny of… Read More
1st July 2020
The European Commission is preparing measures to protect the European Union as it faces threatened U.S. sanctions, which could break international law, on a link to carry gas directly from Russia to Germany, the EU’s foreign policy chief said. U.S. senators this month announced a bill tightening sanctions on the… Read More
1st July 2020
Germany will be quick to overhaul its regulation of financial companies to repair the damage caused by Wirecard AG’s collapse, Deputy Finance Minister Joerg Kukies said. “What we must do is analyze, by turning over every stone, exactly where and how things went awry,” Kukies said at an event… Read More
30th June 2020
The Philippines’ anti-money laundering agency on Monday said it would conduct a “swift and thorough” investigation into scandal-hit German payments firm Wirecard AG and that it has drawn up an initial list of people and entities of interest. Wirecard’s collapse last week and admission that $2.1 billion of its cash… Read More
30th June 2020
Ernst & Young GmbH, auditor to insolvent German fintech company Wirecard AG, had questions related to unorthodox arrangements under which the company’s cash was held in bank accounts it didn’t control as far back as 2016, according to emails seen by The Wall Street Journal. The auditor subsequently signed… Read More