MUNICH, Germany (AP) -- Two Siemens AG employees were convicted Wednesday of involvement in a corruption scandal at the industrial conglomerate and sentenced to probation and fines.
Ernst Keil-von Jagemann, 58, and Wolfgang Rudolph, 68, were both convicted of accessory to breach of trust charges after admitting during their Munich state court trial to being part of a slush fund operation to win business.
Keil-von Jagemann was sentenced to two years' probation and fined euro12,000 ($15,160) while Rudolph received 9 months probation and a euro20,000 ($25,270) fine.
Siemens, which makes products ranging from wind turbines to trams has been embroiled in a far-reaching corruption scandal that has cost the company some euro1.9 billion euros (nearly $3 billion) -- a figure that also includes expenses such as back tax payments and advisory fees.
Both men convicted Wednesday were assistants to Reinhard Siekaczek, a former Siemens manager who was convicted of breach of trust this summer and sentenced to two years' probation and fined euro180,000 ($227,410).
During his trial, Siekaczek acknowledged setting up slush funds while a manager at the ICN fixed-line telephone network division.
Siekaczek allegedly set up a complex network of shell corporations to siphon off company money over several years. Prosecutors said the money was used as bribes to help secure contracts abroad by paying off would-be suppliers, government officials and potential customers.
At the time of his conviction, the judge said it was not been possible to determine whether company executives knew about the bribes.