Lucent fires four staff over bribery law violations

7 Apr 2004

US vendor Lucent Technologies has dismissed four senior employees from its operations in China after an internal investigation found incidents that could be in violation of a US bribery law. The company said that the incidents were discovered as part of its review of operations in 23 countries and that the four workers were found to have made potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Policies Act, which bans the payment of bribes overseas. Lucent refused to comment on the specifics of the incidents but said it had reported the potential violations to both the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The four dismissed employees included the president and chief operating officer of Lucent’s Chinese operations.