TAIWANESE prosecutors indicted five ex-employees of technology giant Foxconn today, including senior managers, for allegedly soliciting £3.2 million in kickbacks from suppliers.
The world’s largest maker of electronic components has come into the spotlight in recent years over labour unrest, a spate of employee suicides and the use of 14-year-old children as interns at its Chinese plants.
Prosecutors alleged yesterday that Liao Wan-cheng and Teng Chih-hsien, who were senior managers at a Foxconn procurement unit, had committed a breach of trust in accepting priorly arranged bribes from 10 suppliers in exchange for buying their equipment.
A middle-man was also charged along with three other former employees after investigators launched nationwide raids earlier this year to search homes and offices of some suppliers.
The allegations surfaced after Mr Teng was detained by police in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen for taking bribes from suppliers.
Foxconn has said that the alleged violations were limited to the procurement of consumables and accessory equipment.
The company alerted the authorities in both Taiwan and China following an internal audit.
Foxconn said that it planned to seek compensation from the suppliers involved in the case and called for the accused to be “severely punished according to the law.”
Also known as Hon Hai in Taiwan, Foxconn is the world’s largest maker of computer components and employs about 1.2 million workers at its factories worldwide.
It assembles products for top international brands such as Apple, Sony and Nokia.