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US Widens Probe of HP Bribery Allegations

U.S. investigators are widening their probe of alleged kickbacks paid to Russian authorities by employees of a Hewlett-Packard subsidiary in Germany.

Hewlett-Packard's headquarters in Palo Alto, California.
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Hewlett-Packard's headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

Authorities in Russia, Germany and the U.S. have been looking into alleged bribes totaling $11 million. The bribes were allegedly paid to secure a $44.5 million contract that ran from 2001 until 2006.

According to a federal filing from the company, investigators at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into government and "quasi-governmental" transactions in Russia dating to 2000.

HP says it is cooperating with the investigation.