Wirecard: spotlight on a leading European fintech German payments processor has battled allegations of fraud, forgery and opaque business links © Bloomberg Wirecard’s suspect accounting practices revealedFT Investigation: internal documents from the payments company point to a concerted effort to fraudulently inflate sales and profits Wirecard critics targeted in London spy operationFormer Libyan intelligence chief oversaw surveillance of investors including Crispin Odey Wirecard: inside an accounting scandalA preliminary report by a top law firm has unveiled a pattern of suspected book-padding across the group’s Asian operations KPMG widens review of Wirecard accountingSpecial audit will now look at accusations concerning type of lending made to merchants Wirecard’s singular approach to counting cashGerman fintech boosted its cash reserves using trust accounts from its payments processing operations Wirecard: the unanswered questionsGerman fintech company’s rebuttal of the FT’s reporting leaves unanswered questions More from this Series Wirecard’s problem partnersHalf of the German company’s revenues come from partners but at some there is a mismatch with the reality on the ground Wirecard document points to reliance on 3 partnersCompany fails to explain why spreadsheet’s data should be disregarded Wirecard executives approved transactions in fraud probeDocuments indicate Jan Marsalek was aware of €2m transfer investigated by Singapore police Wirecard boss tells staff accounting allegations ‘addressed’Markus Braun posts Twitter video after reports that executives approved transactions at centre of criminal probe The engineering behind SoftBank’s Wirecard betJapanese tech group is buying convertible bond that can be repaid in stock Police raid Wirecard’s Singapore officesAuthorities step up action against German fintech group following FT investigation Wirecard relied on three opaque partners for almost all its profitWhistleblowers claim unit of German payments group was not audited Wirecard affair shows up German tendency to close ranksFast-growing start-ups require robust oversight of their global operations Wirecard’s meteoric rise prompts questionsControversy dogs payments company that has a valuation of more than 40 times next year’s expected earnings Wirecard seeks to put scandal behind it with resultsPayments group agrees to improve processes as auditor signs off 2018 accounts SoftBank to invest €900m in WirecardGerman payments company prepares to reveal annual results amid accounting scandal Wirecard says some Singapore staff may face criminal liabilityGerman fintech group’s shares surge after it says probe by lawyers found ‘no material impact’ Wirecard ‘loses contact’ with executive in scandalSingapore court dismisses fintech group’s attempt to limit scope of investigation German regulator files complaint on alleged Wirecard manipulationBaFin targets two FT journalists and several short-sellers after reports hit payments group’s share price Executive at payments giant suspected of using forged contractsInternal presentation pointed to possible ‘falsification of accounts’ Wirecard’s law firm found evidence of forgery and false accountsGerman payments company provides no comment on internal investigation Wirecard: a "final" R&T report does not existAnd how could it when the cops are still investigating? Deutsche Bank behind €150m loan to Wirecard founderGerman lender took almost half Markus Braun’s stake in payments group as collateral Mensch! Dan McCrum is innocent, ok?The market in Wirecard was not manipulated. German regulator bans shorting of Wirecard sharesBaFin cites ‘serious threat to market confidence’ following collapse in stock price Wirecard discloses investigation into accounting allegations Singapore police are looking into matter but shares gain on group’s reassurances German regulators probe price decline at WirecardBaFin investigates ‘potential market manipulation’ of payments group Mensch! Royston Ng is innocent, ok?Wirecard compliance officer was no book cook.