The public prosecutor has made great progress in investigating the Wirecard balance sheet scandal. Accordingly, the group has been in the red since 2015.
In the case of fraud at the Dax group Wirecard, the Munich public prosecutor’s office issued three arrest warrants against former executives. Among other things, this involves commercial gang fraud and market manipulation in several cases, said a spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office in Munich. A key witness and other documents would also have helped the investigators: According to this, those affected should have decided since 2015 to “inflate” the Wirecard balance sheet. The actual business had already made losses at that time, said the spokeswoman.
The new arrest warrants are aimed, among other things, at a former CFO, but also against ex-CEO Markus Braun. A first arrest warrant against him was suspended on bail of five million euros. In all cases, the detention was ordered, the spokeswoman said. The three suspects were arrested in Munich and the former head of the Wirecard subsidiary Cardsystems Middle East is still in custody in Dubai.
Wirecard, based in Aschheim near Munich, had admitted before the bankruptcy application that the 1.9 billion euros that were allegedly deposited to Filipino trust accounts did not exist with a high degree of probability. This EUR 1.9 billion was the alleged income from doing business with subcontractors who processed credit card payments for Wirecard in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
As things stand at the moment, this third-party business was either wholly or largely non-existent. Of the 45 subsidiaries of the parent company Wirecard, there were only three that were significantly profitable.
Breaking News : Jan Marsalek possible citizen of the Caribbean Island of Grenada with a New Name
According to German Intelligence sources, Jan Marsalek – an Austrian and former COO of Wirecard might carry a Diplomatic passport of the Caribbean Island Grenada.
The question remains where Jan Marsalek went to – and where is the money that he supposedly diverted.
In chats in Messenger Telegram he jokes with a confidant about the location of a possible reunion: “But maybe we have to do it in the prison yard, or if I find the 1.9 billion, on a Caribbean island.”
In fact, several lead traces of Marsalek’s time as manager of Wirecard lead to the Caribbean island of Grenada. In 2013, several websites were registered under the name Jan Marsalek. The Munich private address Marsalek was stored, sometimes even a phone number from Wirecard.
In a document that appears to have been written on official Grenada stationery, a Jan Marsalek is also referred to as an official representative of Grenada and he negotiated on behalf of the island state about the purchase of spy software that can be used to hack smartphones.
The document is apparently signed by the then Foreign Minister Nickolas Steele.
The government of Grenada and Minister Steele left an inquiry unanswered.
If you want to dive in places like Grenada, you need money and have to cover up traces. As Wirecard manager, Marsalek raved about the possibilities of cryptocurrencies. With bitcoins, assets can be transferred and washed quickly and without difficulty in a way that is easy to understand.
Jan Marsalek, from a School Dropout to the Number 2 at Wirecard
Was Jan Marsalek an Informer for the Austrian Secret Service on the Wirecard board?
The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office is now involved in the crime about ex-Wirecard board member Marsalek. The prosecutors examine evidence that Marsalek was an informant for the Austrian secret service.
The crime about the insolvent payment service provider Wirecard may develop into a German-Austrian espionage affair. Once again, the fleeting former COO Jan Marsalek plays the lead role. In the meantime, the Attorney General is also dealing with Marsalek.
The top criminal prosecutor is investigating evidence that “the Austrian citizen Jan Marsalek was led as an informer by an employee of the Austrian Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter-Terrorism (BVT)”. This is what it says in the answer from the Federal Ministry of Justice to a written question from the Bundestag member Fabio De Masi from the Linke party.
No Comments from Berlin
The Federal Chancellery did not want to comment from the Austrian Ministry of the Interior, to which the BVT is subordinate. On Friday evening, the BVT denied in a press release that Marsalek had been an informer or so-called “undercover agent” of the authority. In the Marsalek case, however, no further information could be given due to ongoing – including international – investigations. Marsalek has been on the run since June and could not be reached for comment but it is widely believed that he escaped to Belarus via Minsk.
The Federal Prosecutor General is still running the case but if the suspicion is confirmed, it could put a strain on German-Austrian relations. Ultimately, the neighboring country would have placed an undercover agent in one of the largest listed companies in Germany – without the knowledge of the German authorities. More damaging would be if the Austrian’s have known about the money laundering that has been going on for years.
When the services in Germany were still completely in the dark, the first agent stories were making the rounds in Austria in the summer. The Viennese daily newspaper “Presse” reported that a “Jan” obtained information from the Austrian domestic intelligence service through an intermediary and passed it on to the right-wing populist FPÖ. “Jan” – that should be Jan Marsalek.
Marsalek remains a “mystery”
Marsalek’s alleged proximity to secret services is now also worrying the German security authorities. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) are now conducting extensive research.
With regard to many of the stories about secret service connections to Russia, they can “neither be verified nor falsified,” says a person familiar with the investigation. Marsalek remains a “mystery”. Many of his contacts are very dubious, but it is difficult for him to differentiate between real connections.
“Chancellor should pick up the phone as soon as possible”
Austrian investigators recently traveled to Munich specifically, and the investigators recently received a request for legal assistance. In German security circles, so one can hear in Berlin that Marsalek had connections to the BVT and the BND might have known it.
De Masi, co-initiator of the Wirecard investigation committee, demands clarification: “The Chancellor should pick up the phone as soon as possible and ask Sebastian Kurz what the Austrians are doing here.” If the suspicion is confirmed, the Austrian ambassador must be called in. “
Was there help to escape?
Marsalek’s spectacular escape now appears to many in a new light. After all, Marsalek was last seen near Vienna before going into hiding. The plane was waiting at a private airport and shortly before his departure, he is said to have met a man at the Italian restaurant and his contact is said to have been a former BVT agent.