The U.S. Justice Department has accused Daimler, the German carmaker, of paying bribes to officials of foreign governments.
The department said in a court filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that the carmaker made hundreds of improper payments worth tens of millions of dollars to foreign officials in at least 22 countries between 1998 and January 2008.
"In some cases, Daimler wired these improper payments to U.S. bank accounts or to the foreign bank accounts of U.S. shell companies in order to transit the bribe," the department said.
The countries include China, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Latvia, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and others.
Daimler declined to comment, and the Justice Department also declined to comment beyond the information contained in the court documents.