Anheuser-Busch InBev agreed last week to pay a $6 million penalty to settle allegations that it made improper financial arrangements with officials of the Indian government to boost beer sales and then threatened a whistleblower into silence for reporting the illegal activity. The agreement marks the fourth time the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has penalized a company for muzzling would-be whistleblowers by using strict agreements that bar them from communicating with the SEC and other government officials. An SEC investigation found the Leuven, Belgium-based multinational company used third-party sales promoters to make improper payments to Indian officials with ... Read More
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