The U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are reportedly probing allegations that business partners of Microsoft may have bribed foreign officials.
According to the Wall Street Journal, which cites people familiar with the investigation, partners working with Microsoft allegedly offered kickbacks in exchange for software contracts.
The allegations made by an anonymous tipster claim a Microsoft executive based in China offered bribes to government officials in exchange for signing off on software contracts. The report says the U.S. is exploring similar allegations in Romania and Italy, where bribes and expensive gifts were allegedly provided in exchange for business deals.
The report says the probe is in a preliminary phase, and Microsoft has not been formally accused of doing anything wrong.
In a statement published Tuesday, John Frank, Microsoft's Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, stressed the company's commitment to "the highest ethical and legal standards" for their global business.
"We take all allegations brought to our attention seriously, and we cooperate fully in any government inquiries," he says.
By Brett Molina