Microsoft has decided to pay $26 million fine for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Microsoft as a corporation did not involve in any corrupt practice, but a group of Microsoft Hungary employees sold Microsoft produces to local resellers at a discount, and those partners, in turn, sold those products to the Hungarian government high prices. They used the difference to bribe Hungarian government officials.
In an internal email, Microsoft President Brad Smith mentioned that this case “involved employee misconduct that was completely unacceptable” and these group of employees and resellers “behaved in a wholly unethical manner.”
Microsoft has fired its employees who were involved in this bribery act and has also terminated the contracts with resellers involved.