The investigation about Microsoft’s alleged relationships with business partners thriving on bribe for winning contracts has also evidence that officials in Russia and Pakistan were also bribed which is an indicator that the problem is far more wide than originally thought, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Earlier it was reported that the US securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Justice Department were conducting investigation about Microsoft’s reps offering kickbacks in China, Italy and Romania.
An anonymous tipster has contacted Microsoft saying that a few of its resellers in Russia have given kickbacks to a government company for winning contract. Similarly a tipster told Microsoft that its representatives in Pakistan did authorize a travel consulting firm to arrange and pay for a 5 days trip to Egypt for a government functionary ( reportedly a minister in the Punjab Government) and his wife in exchange for a 9 million dollar contract. Both the tipsters came in contact with Microsoft directly during the previous months.
Microsoft spokesman on the matter, John Frank has said:
“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, monitoring and audits to ensure our business operations around the world meet the highest legal and ethical standards.”