Microsoft pays $25 million to settle corruption charges

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Published: July 22, 2019 10:48:30 PM

The Justice Department says Microsoft will also pay an USD 8.75 million criminal fine stemming from the Hungarian bid-rigging and bribery scheme, which involved Microsoft licenses sold to government agencies and falsely recorded as discounts.

Microsoft, corruption charges, Microsoft office, Microsoft news, industry newsMicrosoft President Brad Smith said in a letter to employees Monday that the conduct was “completely unacceptable” and involved a small number of employees. (Reuters)

Microsoft is paying more than USD 25 million to settle federal corruption charges involving a bribery scheme in its Hungary office and three other foreign subsidiaries. The US Securities and Exchange Commission says Microsoft will pay about USD 16.6 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving its operations in Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Turkey.

The Justice Department says Microsoft will also pay an USD 8.75 million criminal fine stemming from the Hungarian bid-rigging and bribery scheme, which involved Microsoft licenses sold to government agencies and falsely recorded as discounts.

Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a letter to employees Monday that the conduct was “completely unacceptable” and involved a small number of employees. Smith is also outlining changes the company plans to make to prevent discounts from being used for improper purposes.

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