Germany to Sever Ties With Accounting Watchdog After Wirecard Scandal

The German government plans to terminate its contract with the country’s accounting watchdog after payments company Wirecard filed for insolvency last week in one of Germany’s biggest fraud scandals, a government official said on Sunday, Reuters reported. Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported earlier on Sunday that the Justice and Finance Ministries would on Monday cut ties with the Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel (FREP), a quasi-private entity that supervises the financial statements of listed firms. “We have reached an agreement with the Finance Ministry to terminate the contract,” said the Justice Ministry official, who declined to be named or give further details. The Finance Ministry declined to comment. FREP also declined to comment. Read more

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