645. Insights: Dan McCrum on bringing down payment giant Wirecard's house of cards

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Our expert host, David M. Brear, is joined by Dan McCrum, an investigative reporter at the Financial Times and author of 'Money Men: A Hot Startup, A Billion Dollar Fraud, A Fight for the Truth'.

The financial services industry was rocked by headlines about Wirecard.

It filed for insolvency in June 2020 claiming €1.9 billion dollars was “missing” from its balance sheet and slowly the whole sorry story came to light, with everything from embezzlement, racketeering, pornography and the eventual firing and arrest of its CEO Markus Braun.

On today’s show we are speaking to the man who brought this all to light – and has documented the story in his new book.


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Special Guest: Dan McCrum.

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