The US Justice Department must not have read Jeremy Clarkson's excellent defense of bribery, apropos of VW's recent sex-and-bribery scandal, or they'd likely reconsider going after Mercedes for what may be similar offenses. (See also a more academically inclined defense by Pierre Lemieux.) The department's investigation was launched after a former Chrysler accountant alleged in a lawsuit that the company kept dozens of secret bank accounts from which to ply foreign dignitaries in Africa and South America. We thought those was called "counsulting fees," but then again, we live across the river from New Jersey.
US probes Mercedes over bribery allegation [Automotive Business Review]
I Smell Sex and Bribery: Volkswagen's Not So Secret Shame [internal]