Motorola Solutions Investigated for Foreign Bribery - WSJ.com


By Joe Palazzolo; I contributed to the story and got a tagline.

U.S. authorities are investigating whether Motorola Solutions Inc. paid bribes to win business in Europe, people familiar with the matter said.

Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission officials have asked the company for information over the past two years about transactions in seven European countries, searching for evidence that Motorola Solutions—which makes two-way radios and systems for police, fire and other public-safety organizations—may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, these people said. The law bars American companies and their agents from offering bribes to foreign government officials.

A spokesman for Motorola Solutions declined to comment.

The investigation began in 2009 after the company opened its own internal investigation into possible breaches of antibribery laws and alerted U.S. authorities, according to the people familiar with the matter.

The internal probe initially focused on a suspicious transaction in Turkey, but U.S. authorities are concentrating on the company’s dealings in Europe, said one person familiar with the matter. Motorola Solutions hasn’t received a subpoena and has been providing information to the SEC and Justice Department voluntarily, this person said.