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Microsoft Bribe Probe Extends to Russia, Pakistan

A federal probe into allegations that business partners of Microsoft bribed foreign government officials has extended into Russia and Pakistan, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal reported last year that lawyers from the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission were investigating allegations that a Microsoft representative was receiving kickbacks in China, as well as similar questionable dealings in Romania and Italy.

According to the Journal, an anonymous tipster informed Microsoft that resellers in Russia allegedly funneled kickbacks to executives of a state-owned company to secure a deal. Another tipster in Pakistan alleged that Microsoft authorized a consulting firm to pay for a foreign trip for a government official and his wife to win a deal.

So far, no charges have been filed and the government hasn't publicly accused Microsoft of any wrongdoing.