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Uber reviews India, Asia business over bribery allegations in US

Uber reviews India, Asia business over bribery allegations in US”

Uber initially kept this information from US officials however this decision came to bite them when the US Justice Department approached the company about possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Uber Technologies Inc, which is the subject of a federal probe into whether it broke bribery laws, has started a review of its Asia operations and notified United States officials about payments made by staff in Indonesia, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The suggestion is that Uber may have made payments to companies related to the Malaysian government in an attempt to influence lawmakers there.

The probe is focusing on at least five Asian countries, according to the report: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea.

Uber's law firm is investigating a corporate donation, announced in August 2016, of tens of thousands of dollars to the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre, a government-backed entrepreneur hub.

About a year later, Parliament passed a bill on ride-hailing laws that were favourable to Uber and others like it. Lawyers are trying to determine whether there was any form of quid pro quo.

Uber is also said to have notified US officials about "payments" made by staff in Indonesia.

Uber and the DoJ could not immediately be reached for comment. But in order to get the job done, an Uber employee gave the police official a lot of money in multiple payments. In another alleged case, Uber employees in Indonesia are claimed to have bribed local officials over a planning dispute, with the employees recording the transactions in their expense accounts as "payments to local officials".

Following this incident, the employee was sacked and Uber's Indonesia head was put on a leave of absence.



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