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‘Bribes’ to govt officials: Amazon probes law firms, in-house counsel

In what could potentially set off a probe under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), online retailer Amazon is conducting an internal investigation into a whistleblower complaint that has alleged bribing of government officials in India by some of its legal representatives.

By Newsdesk - September 21, 2021

New Delhi, 21 September 2021

An Amazon India executive told The Indian Express that the investigation pertained to “certain accounting irregularities in payments” made to the company’s legal consultants, for which a Delhi-based in-house counsel has been sent on leave and a junior staffer at one of the law firms hired by Amazon India has been laid off. Responding to set of e-mail queries sent by this newspaper, asking the status of the probe, whether the company also planned to have an external agency look into the matter or Indian authorities were notified about the issue, an Amazon spokesperson wrote: “We have zero tolerance for corruption. We take allegations of improper actions seriously, investigate them fully, and take appropriate action. We are not commenting on specific allegations or the status of any investigation at this time”.

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