BERLIN (AP) –
The former CEO of German payment service provider Wirecard has been arrested in an accounting scandal that centers on a missing sum of 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion), prosecutors in Munich said Tuesday.
Markus Braun resigned on Friday after the company disclosed that auditors couldnâ€™t find accounts containing the money.
On Monday, Wirecard said it has concluded that the money probably doesnâ€™t exist.
Wirecard AG was once regarded as a star of the growing financial technology sector, but its shares have fallen sharply after the company became the subject of multiple Financial Times reports about accounting irregularities in its Asian operations. Wirecard disputed the reports, which started in February 2019, and said it was the victim of speculators.
Last week, the company disclosed that auditors couldnâ€™t find accounts containing the 1.9 billion euros and postponed its annual report. On Friday, Braun resigned and was replaced by James Freis.