Microsoft Under Probe for Alleged Bribery

U.S. investigators have reportedly launched an investigation into allegations that Microsoft's China subsidiary bribed Chinese officials in return for software contracts.


The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission received information from an anonymous tipster alleging that an executive of Microsoft China instructed the tipster to offer kickbacks to local officials in return for signing off on software contracts.


Microsoft says it will back a review of the accusations.


"We take all allegations brought to our attention seriously, and we cooperate fully in any government inquiries," John Frank, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft says in a blog post. "Like other large companies with operations around the world, we sometimes receive allegations about potential misconduct by employees or business partners, and we investigate them fully, regardless of the source. We also invest heavily in proactive training, compliance systems, monitoring and audits to ensure our business operations around the world meet the highest legal and ethical standards."


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