Because of bribery payments to officials to Brazilian and U.S. authorities have 20 companies to be targeted, including Siemens and Philips.
Siemens and other large medical technology providers are advised according to insiders for alleged bribery payments to officials to the attention of the Brazilian authorities and the US Federal police FBI. Investigators suspect the manufacturer, two decades of lucrative contracts from the government health system, such as for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or prostheses, to have a Kickback payments to government officials bought two with the affair, people familiar with the news Agency of Reuters said. More than 20 companies are said to have been part of the "cartel", the most famous among which are Siemens, Philips, Johnson & Johnson and GE. Because of the bribes, the medical devices had been sold up to eight times as expensive as appropriate.
state attorney Marisa Ferrari confirmed in an Interview with Reuters the investigation, she called but the names of the suspected companies. "Because the Budget is for the national health system in Brazil is so big, it's really large sums of money," she said. "This first case is just the tip of the iceberg." The US authorities are interested in the cases, because the affected companies in the USA, too-sensitive penalties if you pay off in Brazil. Siemens stated that they were unaware of investigations by the FBI, the Federal police themselves gave no confirmation.
The Munich-based group has launched its medical technology division of Siemens Healthineers a year ago to the stock exchange. CEO Joe Kaeser has prescribed to the group after a series of scandals have a Zero-tolerance policy on corruption.