FRANKFURT -- A purchasing manager at BMW has been detained by authorities on suspicion of taking bribes, the Munich state prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.
The prosecutors suspect a 54-year-old man may have accepted a payment of $100,000 from a supplier in exchange for giving the firm preference during the allocation of contracts. A 45-year-old worker at the eastern German supplier was also detained.
BMW said the case was an isolated incident which it hoped would be cleared up quickly.
The news comes on the heels of a massive bribery scandal at Volkswagen, where two former personnel managers are under investigation for possible fraud and betrayal of confidence.
Volkswagen recently said it would seek to expand the probe to look into allegations of preferential treatment for works council members.
The affair grabbed headlines for weeks and led to the resignation of two senior VW figures, personnel chief Peter Hartz and works council boss Klaus Volkert.
BMW arch-rival Mercedes Car Group also became mired in a breach-of-trust investigation earlier this year following allegations that former employees used company assets for private construction projects or took bribes from a business partner of the carmaker.