BERLIN -- Prosecutors in Munich have charged a former senior employee of BMW with corruption and of having defrauded the German automaker of millions of euros.
The man was charged with 18 counts of commercial corruption and 33 counts of breach of trust at the expense of the carmaker, a court spokesperson said on Wednesday, confirming a report in German magazine WirtschaftsWoche.
According to the Munich court, damages to BMW amounted to 2.7 million euros ($3.06 million).
The former employee allegedly received 2.4 million euros in kickbacks between 2007 and 2015 in exchange for awarding consulting contracts.
In total, five people have been charged, including the managing director of a now-insolvent consulting firm who is accused of bribery, and aiding and abetting embezzlement.
The court spokesperson said all five deny the charges.
A BMW spokesperson said the company could not comment on an ongoing case.