Uber said to be reviewing Asia operations amid bribery probe
Bloomberg News reports that the company, which is the subject of US federal investigation, is looking closely at is Asia business
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 US officials about payments made by staff in Indonesia, according to a report by Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
Uber said in August that it was cooperating with a preliminary investigation led by the US Department of Justice into whether company managers violated US laws against bribery of foreign officials, specifically the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Uber hired the law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP to investigate how it obtained the medical records of an Indian woman who was raped by an Uber driver in 2014, Reuters reported in June.
O’Melveny & Myers is now examining records of foreign payments and interviewing employees, raising questions about why some potentially problematic business dealings were not disclosed sooner, Bloomberg said on Tuesday.
Attorneys are focused on suspicious activity in at least five Asian countries – China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea – Bloomberg said, adding that Uber’s law firm is reviewing financial arrangements with the Malaysian government that may have influenced lawmakers there.
Neither Uber nor the US DoJ could be reached for comment.