FRANKFURT -- DaimlerChrysler has identified suspicious payments during an internal bribery probe running parallel to investigations by U.S. stock market regulators and criminal authorities, it said on Tuesday.
The investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Justice began last year after a whistle-blower complaint filed by a former employee of the world's fifth-biggest carmaker.
"The company has identified certain accounts, transactions and payments that are the subject of special scrutiny and that have been disclosed to the SEC and the DOJ," DaimlerChrysler said in its quarterly financial report.
It gave no details while its internal investigation continues.
The employee, whom Daimler has said was fired for falsifying financial information, alleged the company had kept secret bank accounts to bribe foreign government officials. Daimler has dismissed the accusation in the past as groundless.
DaimlerChrysler said it was also cooperating with the SEC, DOJ and United Nations Independent Inquiry Committee to see whether it could have been involved in abusing the United Nations Oil-For-Food Program for Iraq.