FRANKFURT -- A manager for car-parts maker Continental AG, is under police investigation for alleged corruption, the Frankfurt prosecutor's office said.
The 60-year-old from Frankfurt, who served as a company representative to eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, is accused of having accepted a total of at least 70,000 euros ($100,000) in bribes while negotiating and awarding contracts for car replacement parts and equipment, Doris Moeller-Scheu, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, said by phone.
He has been in police custody since April, she said. "The investigation will need at least several more months because we need the assistance of police forces abroad," she added.
"We have been communicating with Switzerland, because we need to know about bank accounts," as well as with authorities in other countries such as Russia and the Czech Republic.
Eva Appold, a spokeswoman for the German company, declined to comment on the allegations.
German prosecutors' practice is not to provide full names of people under investigation.
Bild newspaper reported on the probe earlier on Wednesday.