Destined by a network of fraudsters, the Pathé group has lost over 19 million euros

The scammers pretended to be company managers in order to get cash payments from their Dutch subsidiary.

The Monde.fr with AFP
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A fake electronic address will have been sufficient. In March 2018, a group of cheaters posing as Pathé's leader raised the French film group by a considerable sum of 19.2 million euros, persuading its Dutch subsidiary to transfer this amount several times to an external account. The reason given by the authors of this high-risk fraud to justify these transfers was a presumed acquisition in Dubai, after which the money had to be repaid. The information was made public by a court in the Netherlands on Friday 9 November.

"Neglected signals"

The scammer network had won the trust of the director of Pathé Netherlands, Dertje Meijer, and of his chief financial officer, Edwin Slutter. It is precisely by making a decision in the context of the proceedings initiated by Mr Slutter against the French group that the Dutch courts have revealed the content of that fraud. The latter questioned the regularity of the conditions of his dismissal after the discovery of the fraud he had been victimized on March 28, when part of the amount had to be borrowed from a fund managed by the group headquarters . France.

Mr. Slutter was thanked with immediate effect on April 26, a few days later Mr.myself Meijer. Both were accused of "Reprehensible Behavior" from the leaders and shareholders of the group to have "Neglected signals" who should have warned them about e-mails with scammers, the court said. Asked by Agence France-Presse, the Pathé group has not yet communicated the case.

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