The U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission has reportedly widened its investigation of Microsoft and its relationships with business partners who have been accused of allegedly bribing foreign officials in return for contracts, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal.
In March, the Journal had reported that the U.S. government was looking into such allegations regarding Microsoft and/or its resellers and consultants in China, Romania and Italy.
The Journal’s report today, which cites “people familiar with the matter,” says that the investigation has widened into Russia and Pakistan.
The report also notes that the government has not accused Microsoft or its partners of any wrongdoing and quotes Microsoft vice president and deputy general counsel John Frank as saying that the company takes the allegations seriously and is investigating.
In a blog post today, Frank repeated what he wrote in response to the earlier allegations, saying: “We take all allegations brought to our attention seriously, and we cooperate fully in any government inquiries. Like other large companies with operations around the world, 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.”