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According to a report, Wirecard Bank is said to have made virtual accounts available through which fraudsters are said to have smuggled Corona aid by fraud.
The scandal group Wirecard is probably involved in at least 30 cases of fraud in applying for Corona emergency aid according to previous knowledge. The, referring to a response from the Bavarian state government to a request from the Greens in the Bavarian state parliament.
According to the report, Wirecard Bank is said to have made virtual accounts available through which fraudsters are supposed to have smuggled Corona aid by fraud. According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, around 50 emergency aid applications, which were made via so-called virtual IBANs to Wirecard Bank, have now been reported to the State Criminal Police Office and forwarded to the public prosecutor. According to the ministry, around 20 cases have now been paid out after review. The remaining 30 cases are still being investigated.
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According to the article, Wirecard Bank has issued its virtual IBANs to customers who are mostly located abroad. Accordingly, they transferred corona aid received illegally to the virtual accounts, from where it was transferred to a collective account and further abroad.
Der Spiegel writes that Bavaria's Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger also commissioned Wirecard in the spring to digitize applications from companies for emergency aid from the Free State so that they can be processed more quickly. First, the ministry had the applications handwritten. From April 16, 2020 to May 8, 2020, Wirecard digitized around 6,000 emergency aid applications.
Wirecard provided the service free of charge, Minister Aiwanger had expressed his appreciation in mid-May: "Wirecard's support" was very much appreciated. Two weeks earlier, the auditing company KPMG had submitted a devastating final report on a special audit that weighed heavily on Wirecard. The auditors had not been able to dispel thewith the report.
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Tim Pargent, financial policy spokesman for the Greens in the Bavarian state parliament, told the newspaper that it was "extremely questionable why the Söder government had its mistakes" in the application process for Corona aid "ironed out by Wirecard of all places" - despite the investigations that were already ongoing at the time . "The fact that Wirecard is now involved in the fraud involving the emergency aid leaves a dubious impression of the judgment of the responsible Minister of Economics, Aiwanger," criticized Pargent.
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