Jul 5, 2020 @ 14:21

Immigration people in fake Marsalek travel entries sacked

Bureau of Immigration personnel allegedly responsible in the surreptitious encoding in immigration records that former Wirecard executive Jan Marsalek entered the country last June 23 have been removed from their posts.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra revealed this over the weekend, adding the National Bureau of Investigation has been tasked to include the incident in its ongoing investigation.

Both BI and NBI are attached agencies of the Department of Justice.

Last week, Guevarra told reporters that Marsalek arrived in Cebu last June 23 and left in the morning of the following day for China from the Cebu International Airport.

Also, he disclosed that Marsalek entered the Philippines last March 3 and stayed in a hotel in Makati City until he departed on March 5.

“The BI has established that Jan Marsalek, former COO of Wirecard AG, did not arrive in the Philippines on June 23.. He also did not depart on June 24, as there was no such flight to China as indicated in the data base of the Bureau of Immigration.”

“The immigration officers who encoded these fictitious entries have been relieved and are now facing administrative sanctions. The investigation has now turned to the persons who made the false entries in the data base, their motives, and their cohorts,” Guevarra said in a message.

Wirecard hogged international news recently after the troubled German payment service provider reported a missing sum of 1.9 billion Euros or US$2.1 billion.

The scandal led to the firing and later arrest of Marsalek. The company’s CEO, Markus Braun, also resigned from his post due to the scandal and was also arrested.

Ealier, Guevarra directed the NBI to investigate if Filipinos were implicated in the Wirecard scandal.

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.

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