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Bilfinger Offices Raided in Eastern Europe Bribery Probe

November 12, 2012

Bilfinger SE offices were raided last month by prosecutors from Germany and other countries probing possible corruption in Eastern Europe.

Prosecutors from Landshut, Germany, are investigating four people over bribery allegations linked to projects in Hungary and Slovakia. Three of the suspects are Germans who worked on the projects at a Bilfinger unit in Passau, Germany, said Markus Kring, head of the business crime unit of Landshut prosecutors.

“The case has been pending since 2010 and we’re cooperating with prosecutors from Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, who in part are conducting their own cases,” Kring said in an interview. “We are looking at potential bribery payments” of 5 million euros ($6.36 million) to 6 million euros.

The company is cooperating with the authorities, Sascha Bamberger, a spokesman for Germany’s second-largest construction company by revenue, said in an e-mailed statement today. He declined to provide more details.

Bilfinger said last year the U.S. Department of Justice is probing it over alleged bribery payments in Nigeria. Frankfurt prosecutors are also conducting a probe over the Nigeria allegations.

To contact the reporter on this story: Karin Matussek in Berlin at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at

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