Uber Technologies Inc. voiced on Tuesday it was cooperating with a preliminary investigation led by the U.S. Department of Justice into practicable violations of bribery laws.
The preliminary investigation is the latest in a series of authorized wrangles at Uber as the ride-services company waits for its new chief executive to seize the reins.
Uber has chosen Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Expedia Inc , as it next boss, sources have told Reuters, but the company has not yet made it official.
A spokesman for the circle confirmed the existence of a “preliminary investigation” following a report by the Wall Passage Journal on Tuesday that the Justice Department had started probing whether directors at Uber violated U.S. laws against bribery of foreign officials, specifically the Odd Corrupt Practices Act.
It is unclear whether authorities are focused on one country or multiple countries where the assembly operates.
Reuters in June reported that Uber had hired a law immovable to investigate how it obtained the medical records of an Indian woman who was raped by an Uber driver in 2014.
The periodical was to focus in part on accusations from some current and former workers that bribes were involved, two people familiar with the theme told Reuters.
The Uber board on Sunday voted to select Khosrowshahi as the concern’s next leader to replace co-founder Travis Kalanick, who was ousted in June subordinate to shareholder pressure, sources told Reuters.
Khosrowshahi, 48, on Tuesday read e suggested his first public comments since the board’s decision to make him CEO in two question periods in which he confirmed he plans to accept Uber’s top job, despite the company’s divers problems. He made the comments at a previously scheduled event at Expedia’s headquarters in Bellevue, Washington.
“Are there hindrances? Are there complexities? Are there challenges? Absolutely, but that’s also what constitutes it fun,” Khosrowshahi told Bloomberg.