Recently an ex-employee of Microsoft has accused the company of violation of the Foreign Corrupt Services Act. The employee, Yasser Elabd has claimed that his research included many million dollars spent in foreign bribes. In regard to this claim, Microsoft responded by saying that it had in the past also fired employees due to the same reason.
This story was first reported in the Wall Street Journal, where it says that on Lioness, an outlet for whistleblowers, Yasser Elabd had published an essay that accuses Microsoft employees of using local companies that are partners to sell their products to customers.
Microsoft responded that this story was an old story and that they had terminated the services of employees and partnerships that formed the focal point of these investigations.
Elabd says that back in 2016, he had realized that a $40,000 payment to a client in Africa did not look right. After digging into the issue, he discovered that a former employee of Microsoft had been fired for poor performance. He sought more details from the management and found out that there was resistance to data sharing, which made him smell a rat. Then he decided to delve further into Microsoft employees who were putting up fake deals.
This did not go down well with Microsoft, and in the two years that followed, Yasser tried all he could to counter these bribes. However, Microsoft was disinterested in stopping the payouts. According to his estimates, every year, more than $200 million goes out to employees of Microsoft, governments and partners, in the form of bribes.
According to Yasser, it was countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Qatar, Zimbabwe and Saudi Arabia where these bribes are most rampant. They go out to government officials to sweeten deals.