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The US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Microsoft after a former company representative made allegations that the company paid kickbacks to government officials in China, Romania, and Italy to secure software contracts, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Citing "people familiar with the matter," the WSJ wrote that the investigation, still in its preliminary stages, started after US regulators were passed an anonymous tip in 2012. Microsoft is said to have conducted its own 10 month investigation over the China claims, with an outside law firm finding no evidence of illegal behavior.

The tipster is claimed to have worked for Microsoft in China until 2008, and is also claimed to have been involved in a labor dispute with the company.

The investigation in Romania is examining whether Microsoft was involved with alleged bribes between resellers and the Ministry of Communications. In Italy, the company's dealings with customer loyalty program consultants are under scrutiny: these consultants are alleged to have given gifts and trips to procurement officials to win government contracts.

DoJ, SEC investigating Microsoft over bribery claims


As pointed out by the commentators, bribery is the form of business in many countries. While not right by US standards, holding a US company to US standards in this case puts them at a serious business disadvantage.


However, I believe that as a US company that company is representative of us, and should be held to a higher standard in order to give a higher bar to places fed up with unsavory practices.
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post #2 of 9
Not jumping to conclusions yet. I will be interested to see how this plays out.
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The China allegations does not surprise me at all. I am Chinese. I travel back and forth between US and China a lot. The culture is just so different there, that kickbacks are the norm. In fact, if you want to do business in China, you better be prepared to bribe every layer of bureaucracy in your way.

That's just the way it is. Delay your projects by months, or provide a kickback.

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So a branch of the US government is going to investigate MS for doing in China what they've been doing on a far greater scale in the US and EU? Now let's go onto Halliburton and all the other companies politicians have 'ties' and 'links' to.
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This is such a good use of tax dollars.
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So, Microsoft is like every other major company in the United States, especially ones that conduct business on a global scale?

Tell me something I didn't already know.

Also, it's a little too ironic that a federal agency is investigating a corporation for doing something that our government itself does on a daily basis. rolleyes.gif
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Sounds like a couple of government agencies who are looking for some kickbacks rolleyes.gif
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post #8 of 9
i don't the usfg should punish companies for bribery in countries where bribery is the law of the land (it needs to be done to maintain competitiveness).
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What? This is standard practice. Hell, it is taught in Project Management classes that on a global market you will need a budget for bribes or at least in mine it was...I still have that text book and I've shown that page to more than a few people. That is just how some governments and markets work. If you want in...you have to play by the rules and the rules maybe that you have to grease a few palms to get your product or service on the market there.
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