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Wirecard says to sue FT over reports alleging accounting fraud

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(Reuters) - Wirecard, the German payments company, said on Friday it would sue over the publication of three investigative reports alleging and creative at its office.

The latest, published online on Thursday, alleged that staffers had engaged in the 'round-tripping' of funds to inflate reported revenues, and that managers from its Munich head office had been aware of the practice.

"In the article published yesterday, employees are slanderously prejudged with unproven and false allegations," said in a statement issued in English that described the FT's reporting as defamatory.

"We will use all available legal means to protect the company and in particular our employees and their personal rights. Wirecard is taking legal actions against FT and its unethical reporting."

The statement did not say where Wirecard planned to sue the FT. The company was not immediately available for further comment.

Wirecard shares rallied by 5.7 percent following the company's statement.

(Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Michelle Martin/Keith Weir)

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 15:26 IST