Interesting German-Lithuanian Compliance Dispute about Wirecard and fintech regulation
The spot is on Lithuania! The Financial Times reported that German prosecutors suspect that more than €100M was stolen from Wirecard via the licensed Lithuanian Finolita Unio. Via this fintech, at least €35M was said to have flowed to fugitive ex-Wirecard executive Jan Marsalek and another €65M to the now insolvent company oCap (previously Senjo Trading) in Singapore. Both Finolita Unio and oCap are part of the Senjo Group, one of Wirecard's most important partners in Asia, and received a loan of €350M from the latter. Finolita Unio CEO Danas Oliskevicius rejects the accusations and blames the German BaFin.
Wirecard, Finolita Unio, and the Lithuanian Connection
In our researches on scam-facilitating payment processors, Finolita Unio UAB, regulated by the Bank of Lithuania with authorization code LB000490, came to our attention only once as a payment facilitator in the GlobalSpotFX scam with the Estonian Woodstock OÜ (report here). The Financial Times reports that Finolita Unio is part of Senjo Group, a former Wirecard partner through which hundreds of millions have flowed and vanished. More than €100M have been processed through its Lithuanian subsidiary.
BaFin employee fired for conspicious Wirecard speculations
The collapse of the listed German FinTech miracle Wirecard is still making high political waves. The regulator BaFin is at the center of criticism for not acting properly in this affair. The Wirecard fraud took place under the sleepy regulatory eyes of BaFin employees. Some employees actually used the Wirecard crisis and possibly insider information to speculate privately with its shares. At least four BaFin employees have been exposed as Wirecard speculators; one of them was fired as of November 30.
Wirecard was run by a criminal organization – what about Payvision and ING?
Surprise, Surprise! The Wirecard madhouse was run by a criminal organization, says the German public prosecutor on July 23, 2020. he public prosecutor's office has allegedly been able to confirm and support these statements with facts. Consequently, the former managers Markus Braun, Burkhard Ley, and the former head of accounting were arrested. The former COO, the Austrian Jan Marsalek remains on the run. But Wirecard is not the only payment processor with close connection to cybercrime and money-laundering.
Wirecard – Braun and 3 others arrested; Phony merchants, a porn baron, marijuana, and transaction laundering
In March 2020, the German payment expert Ruben Weigand and the so-called "porn baron" Hamid “Ray” Akhavan have been arrested in California on charges of running a global money-laundering scheme. The center of this scheme is one of the largest on-demand marijuana marketplaces in the US, Eaze Technologies Inc. Both pleaded not guilty but remained in custody at a jail in California. Both have already been involved in the mega-money-laundering scheme of FBME Bank. And yes, there is a rather close connection to Wirecard. Consequently, Markus Braun war arrested again today.
Russian Secret Service and German Payment Processors
It seems that the German fintech and payment processor scene is run by secret agents and spies. Especially such agents who are said to have a close relationship to the Russian secret services. In this secret service-driven German fintech scene, it comes as no surprise that the topic of illegal payment services and money laundering seems to be its driving forces. Russia's secret services seem to maintain good relationships with the German fintech and payment processor ecosystem.
German FinTech Turf -Michael Gastauer and Black Banx
Until recently, Germany had a good reputation in the financial sector although its banking industry has significant structural problems. All the more reason to be proud of Wirecard. The DAX-listed German fintech managed by the two Austrians Markus Braun and Jan Marsalek seemed to be the superstar in the booming market of next-generation payment processors. Until it collapsed. But there are several dubious German fintechs and payment processors that are active in the worldwide cybercrime scene. Michael Gastauer and his group of companies should be mentioned here.
Wirecard – A DAX-listed Russian Laundromat protected by German Authorities?
Suddenly everyone is wondering. Suddenly, information about Wirecard's strange business practices appears everywhere. The involvement of the DAX-listed Wirecard as a payment processor in high-risk businesses such as porn, gambling, or online trading but also the support of illegal and fraudulent transactions such as binary options or marijuana trading are suddenly accepted reality.
The 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).
Wirecard Forensic: Hunting former COO Jan Marsalek and James Henry O’Sullivan
In the German media, the work and disappearance of the Austrian Jan Marsalek has been a central topic in the last few days. As Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Wirecard, Marsalek is said to have been the person actually responsible for the day-to-day business. The 40-year-old manager is said to be a mystery. He has no formal education, no high school diploma, and no university degree. He is said to have started his career at the age of 20 and to have built Wirecard's spider's nest in recent years.
Wirecard Offices Raided in Massive Enforcement Action
It's Wirecard time, again! In the course of the Wirecard investigations, the authorities conduct another raid. As announced by the Munich I public prosecutor's office, it has been searching five properties since Wednesday morning, three of them in Munich - including the German headquarters of Wirecard AG - and two in Austria by way of legal assistance.