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From hostile takeovers to C-suite intrigue, Behind the Money takes you inside the big business and financial stories of the moment with reporting from Financial Times journalists around the world. Hosted by Aimee Keane.
14 Jul 2020 • 22 mins
In September 2014, the FT’s Dan McCrum received a tip about a fast-growing German fintech group, Wirecard. Over the next couple of years Dan and his colleagues uncovered the secret behind the payment company’s meteoric growth: many of the customers listed in company documents did not exist. In this episode Dan tells the story of the whistleblowers, shoe-leather reporting, hacking, suspected surveillance and legal threats that led to Wirecard’s downfall. ---Review clips: CNBC, Deutsche Welle Further reading:The double life of Wirecard’s Jan Marsalek https://www.ft.com/content/511ecf86-ab40-486c-8f76-b8ebda4cc669Inside Wirecardhttps://www.ft.com/wirecardDan’s 2015 story for Alphavillehttps://ftalphaville.ft.com/2015/04/27/2127427/the-house-of-wirecard/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.