Microsoft is reportedly under investigation for claims of foreign bribery in China and other countries. The Wall Street Journal reports that federal investigators in the US are investigating claims that the software giant bribed foreign government officials to gain software contracts. Officials from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are said to be investigating the claims from a former Microsoft employee in China. The investigation is also said to involve Microsoft's ties to resellers and consultants in Romania and Italy.
The allegations center around claims that a Microsoft executive in China was instructed to provide kickbacks to Chinese officials in return for contracts. Microsoft is said to have investigated the allegations internally, but the whistleblower who was involved in tipping off the company was the subject of a labor dispute with Microsoft in China.
The investigation is understood to be in the early phases. We've reached out to Microsoft to provide comment and we'll update you accordingly.