Feds Join Inquiry of Alleged HP Bribes in Russia
Execs may face corruption charges in US
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2010 6:11 AM CDT
Investigators believe H-P execs paid off Russian officials using a network of shell companies that stretched from Wyoming to Latvia to Belize.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Hewlett-Packard allegedly paid millions in bribes to Russian officials to win contracts, and the US is finally on the case, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Justice Department—which can prosecute American firms for paying bribes to governments anywhere in the world—has joined Germany and Russia in a now two-year-long investigation to try to unravel a complex network of middlemen and shell companies they believe HP used.