Poland joins anti-corruption probe against HP

The company is already being investigated by the U.S. among other countries

The Polish Central Anti-Corruption Bureau and U.S. agencies are investigating potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by an employee of an indirect subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard in Poland, the company said in a filing Monday.

The Polish agency along with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating the employee of Hewlett-Packard Polska in connection with certain public sector transactions in Poland, HP said.

The investigation is in addition to probes by the DOJ and SEC into certain other public-sector transactions in Russia, Poland, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and Mexico, among other countries, HP said.

HP said it is cooperating with the investigating agencies.

The German Public Prosecutor's Office is also investigating allegations that current and former employees of HP engaged in bribery, embezzlement and tax evasion relating to a transaction between Hewlett- Packard ISE in Germany, a former subsidiary of HP, and the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation.

The German PPO has issued an indictment of four persons, including one current and two former HP employees, on charges including bribery, breach of trust and tax evasion, and has also asked that HP be made an associated party to the case, HP said in the filing. The €35 million (US$46 million) transaction, which spanned from 2001 to 2006, was for the delivery and installation of an IT network. The DOJ and SEC are also investigating the Russian deal for potential FCPA violations.

The FCPA makes it unlawful for certain classes of persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business.

"In many foreign countries, particularly in those with developing economies, it is common to engage in business practices that are prohibited by laws and regulations applicable to us, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," HP said in the filing. Other technology companies including IBM and Oracle have reported similar cases involving potential FCPA violations.

HP could not be immediately reached for comment.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags regulationbusiness issueslegislationHewlett-PackardSEC Filings

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Ribeiro

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?