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Classics: Wirecard crown: Fraud began long before 2015

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The alleged billion-dollar fraud at the scandal group Wirecard is said to have started many years before 2015, according to the crown witness. According to the managers Oliver Bellenhaus, who worked until the Wirecard collapse in Dubai, the so-called third party business (TPA) was invented with payment service providers in the Middle East and Southeast Asia from the start. "The data was never authentic," said Bellenhaus on Wednesday before the Munich Regional Court. "It cannot be seen that the Wirecard would have been profitable without the TPA business before 2015."

Der frühere Wirecard-Manager und Kronzeuge Oliver Bellenhaus kommt in München zur Fortsetzung des Prozesses in den Gerichtssaal. © Lukas Barth/dpa The former Wirecard manager and Kronzeuge Oliver Bellenhaus comes to the courtroom in Munich to continue the process.

The indictment only goes back to 2015 because the prehistory is time -barred. Wirecard had suspected revenues of almost two billion euros through the TPA partners, which allegedly stored on trust accounts in Southeast Asia.

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Bellenhaus accused the former CEO Markus Braun the "gang leader". "We knew exactly what we were doing, we were all not stupid," said Bellenhaus about the criminal business of the leading days of the former DAX group. The essential decisions were made by Braun and the sales board member Jan Marsalek, who had been submerged since summer 2020. As evidence, Bellenhaus referred to chat protocols, as evidenced by those Braun, he gave instructions.

serious allegations also raised Bellenhaus against the third accused, his former direct superior and Wirecard chief accountant. This was a "driver" of the fraud. "Both are now sitting here and say:" My name is hare, I know nothing "", accused Bellenhaus his two co -accused.

, according to the indictment, the three managers together with other accomplices formed a gang that fake Wirecard balance and are said to have damaged lending banks by 3.1 billion euros. 100 days of negotiations are scheduled until 2024. Braun and the ex-chief accountant deny the allegations.

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