A whistleblower-spurred inquiry into 'improper payments' (read: bribes) has led DaimlerChrysler to let go or suspend several employees on three continents.

The mole in question claims that he was fired after complaining to his bosses regarding a 'secret bank account' employed to bribe foreign officials in developing markets-- namely Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. The payoffs potentially run afoul of U.S. and German laws, along with being illegal in the countries whose officials received the money.

[Source: The Guardian Unlimited]