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The disclosure, made in a regulatory filing, suggests Wal-Mart has uncovered evidence into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as the fallout continues from a bribery scheme involving the opening of stores in Mexico that was the subject of a New York Times investigation in April.
People with knowledge of the matter described how a relatively routine compliance audit rapidly transformed into a full-blown investigation late last year - involving hundreds of lawyers and three former federal prosecutors - when the company learned that The Times was examining problems with its operations in Mexico.
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