The Wall Street Journal: Apple launched probe into possible business misconduct within its supply chain

Apple Inc. conducted an investigation in May into possible business misconduct within its supply chain, including possible kickbacks and bribes to employees from suppliers, rattling some of the tech giant’s suppliers and employees as they geared up to produce the company’s newest devices.

In response to The Wall Street Journal’s questions, an Apple AAPL, -0.54% spokesman said the company found no evidence of bribery or kickbacks, but declined to disclose what prompted the investigation or its findings.

Apple inquired with at least one supplier about possible kickbacks to Apple employees, according to people familiar with the probe.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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