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Microsoft calls in cops after firing staff

Microsoft calls in police over employee "abuse" of discount program.

Microsoft has called in the police after firing seven people whom it claims have abused its discounted software purchase program for employees. Internal investigations found the seven people had abused network access rights, passwords and the employee purchase program, said a Microsoft representative, who--citing legal reasons--declined to disclose further details of the alleged abuse. Microsoft is also refusing to say if any arrests have been made.

"A thorough investigation found evidence to show that abuses had occurred which are contrary to Microsoft values and policy, and after a careful investigation Microsoft had no choice but to dismiss the employees involved," said the company in an e-mail statement. The ex-employees were members of the global technical support centre and services teams.

Dan Ilett of ZDNet UK reported from London.