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Microsoft has cut a deal with the US government to settle charges one of its European subsidiaries was bribing officials from 2013-2015. Under the deal announced Monday, Microsoft will pay $8.7m to settle a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on the part of its Microsoft …

  1. elDog Silver badge

    The abstract: If you're a subsidiary caught greasing wheels, you're dead meat

    If you're the parent ship that knew this was happening, were *not* sorry.

    Not that any of the big wheels haven't been caught with hands in cookie jars or other interesting places.

    What's a few millions/billions of some currency when it comes to world dominance?

  2. adnim Silver badge
    Unhappy

    sigh

    The poor get convicted and a criminal record, the rich pay a fee.

    Fuck this corrupt system.

    1. DontFeedTheTrolls Silver badge
      Boffin

      Re: sigh

      "Paying your debt to Society"

      In principle, is it better for everyone guilty of an infraction to be sent to prison, or are there other punitive options to "replay that debt" that are of better benefit to society? I'd suggest a large cash settlement might hurt those rich more than a stint in prison. Fair? Maybe if the fine is large enough.

      €100m is probably better for Germany than sticking Bernie in prison.

      $8.7m for Microsoft is nothing therefore not really paying their debt. If it was $870m then we'd be in a better ballpark.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Microsoft pays bribe fine to settle bribe.

    1. druck Silver badge

      That's the way it works in Germany too.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28656050

      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        If you try this sort of thing in the UK you get your money back instead.

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/937232.stm

  4. JassMan Silver badge

    When is a bribe not a bribe?

    Answer: When its paid to your own government instead of someone else's.

    In reality, the money paid to the US gov does actually go to keep taxes low for the super-rich in general whereas money paid to foreign officials goes directly into their pockets and doesn't benefit quite as many people.

  5. IGotOut

    In the USA

    bribes are better known as Donations.

  6. vtcodger Silver badge

    deeply disappointed and embarrassed

    "Redmond was "deeply disappointed and embarrassed" over the actions of its subsidiary "

    Of course they are embarrassed. They got caught. I'm sure that in the future every effort will be made to avoid repetitions of this disgraceful situation -- getting caught.

  7. mark l 2 Silver badge

    If this had been an individual rather than a multi million dollar US company, would they would have probably been given a prison sentence of several years on top of any fine. Yet MS have got away with paying a fine which equates to around half a days profit, with a nice discount on top for being accommodating AFTER they were caught!

  8. Lion

    Criminal record

    If an individual commits a criminal act and is found guilty or pleads guilty, they get punished and are slapped with a criminal record. If the offense was a repeat offense and/or there was more than one entity significantly harmed, the punishment is usually severe. As Microsoft did offend more than one entity, got caught and later admitted guilt, the fine (one can not send a company to prison) should have taken a sizable chunk out of their bottom line.

    The question I'd like an answer to ... does Microsoft, the company now have a criminal record?

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