Late last year, Wal-Mart disclosed in an SEC filing that it was conducting an investigation into a violation of foreign-bribery law in Mexico. The New York Times recently released an article stating that Wal-Mart officials knew of bribery claims in Mexico as long ago as 2005. Federal authorities have now asked that Wal-Mart involve outside experts in addition to internal teams to investigate the bribery allegations. The general counsel in Mexico for Wal-Mart has already been removed. Wal-Mart executives could face criminal charges if federal investigators find any evidence of a cover-up. If Wal-Mart violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the justice department will levy a fine based on the competitive edge the company gained from the illegal actions.