Microsoft settles corruption and on anti-bribery regulations

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Microsoft said that it would be the completion of the federal corruption charges that they were involved in an illegal bribery scheme in Hungary, and to pay a $25 million penalty to resolve the case to be put to rest.

With the united states Securities and Exchange Commission, said the Washington state-based tech giant would pay about $16.6 million to settle charges that several of its subsidiaries violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as amended.

According to the SEC, it is in order to get Microsoft’s subsidiary in Hungary, discounts given on licenses to the retailers, distributors, and other third parties,” the SEC says on its web site. “”In lieu of passing on the discounts to Microsoft’s customers, the government, the rebates were used to fund improper payments to specified foreign officials in order to secure the sale of software licenses with Microsoft.”

A file photo of a Microsoft logo, it is possible to see a pop-up site.
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In addition to a $16.6 million fine, Microsoft will pay an additional $8.75 million in criminal fines, stemming from the scheme, according to the Ministry of Justice.

Microsoft’s President, Brad Smith, said in a letter to employees on Monday that the behaviour was “completely unacceptable” and was attended by a small number of employees. Smith on the other hand, where the changes in order to avoid the discounts can be used for an improper purpose.

The fines are to be added to the list of bad news for the tech titan in the last couple of days.

As a former Microsoft employee was recently accused by federal prosecutors of stealing the gift cards and large sums of money from the digital currency of the company, and then sell the items to fund a real-life purchases, including a $1.6 million home for $160,000 and Height, Fox News reported.

Volodymyr Kvashuk, a 25-year-old Ukrainian citizen, who, in Renton, Wash., faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, after being charged Tuesday with an e-fraud, the U.s. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Washington, announced.

In June, the National Security Agency has set up an advisory, warning that the millions of computers that are running Microsoft Windows, is vulnerable to a remote desktop flaw that could eventually lead to a machine becoming infected with a computer worm.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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