Scandals: when companies become guilty – business

The grand coalition wanted to introduce some sort of corporate criminal law, the reform failed before the summer recess. Now the debate continues: how should companies be prosecuted for crimes committed by their employees?

By Jan Diesteldorf

After a few days, the employees suspected where they had gotten into it. When Wirecard AG sealed its fate with filing for insolvency last summer, the situation was still chaotic, but one thing was already pretty clear: Wirecard was a seemingly partly criminal company, controlled by suspected fraudsters. up to the board of directors. got rid of millions. What had started a year and a half earlier with allegations of inflated numbers in Asian business ended with the realization that parts of the corporate structure apparently existed only to deceive the banks and investors and embezzle money.

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