Justice department closes Uber Bribery Probe

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Uber said the Department of Justice completed its investigation, which focused on allegations of improper payments in Asia, in a security application.


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The Department of Justice has closed an investigation into whether

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the carpool agency said that it violated a US law that prohibits bribes for foreign government officials.

The Uber investigation, previously reported by the Wall Street Journal in 2017 and published by the hail campaign in April, focused on allegations of improper payments in Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and India. The company announced the end of the investigation in a securities filing filed Monday and said the Justice Department would not take any action.

An Uber spokesman declined to comment beyond the information in the file regarding the end of the Department of Justice investigation.

The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prohibits U.S.-based companies from bribing foreign government officials to secure a business advantage.

The FCPA probe will close as soon as Uber has completed the acquisition of Careem Networks FZ from the Middle East. Regulators in some of Careem's largest markets, including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, approved the acquisition, Uber said on Monday.

The company will continue to obtain regulatory approval in Pakistan, Qatar and Morocco and has delayed the acquisition of Careem subsidiaries in these countries.

The acquisition of Careem was a further risk of corruption for the ridesharing company that went public last year. Uber said it plans to train Careem employees, consultants and partners in anti-corruption laws.

Write to Dylan Tokar at dylan.tokar@wsj.com and Colin Kellaher at colin.kellaher@wsj.com

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