Ex-Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn charged in US over diesel scandal

Report: Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn criminally charged over dieselgate

VW as a company pleaded guilty in March 2017 to criminal charges related to the regulatory deception and agreed to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty.

The charges stem from the VW Group diesel emissions scandal that broke in 2015.

The former boss of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, has been charged by United States prosecutors with conspiring to defraud the USA by misleading regulators over the dieselgate scandal.

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn is facing some serious charges in relation to the automaker's Dieselgate scandal.

"The indictment of Winterkorn alleges that he was informed of VW's diesel emissions cheating in May 2014 and again in July 2015", the Justice Department said in a statement issued today.


Winterkorn faces four counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and wire fraud. Winterkorn, the highest-ranking executive charged, was cited for trying to mislead regulators about the cheating. VW executives also approved a script, "consistent with Winterkorn's alleged directive", for a meeting with CARB to hide their emissions cheating.

CHECK OUT: How did Volkswagen's diesel defeat device work? In addition, a former manager of VW subsidiary Audi AG, an Italian citizen, has been charged but remains in Germany pending extradition.

According to court documents filed in a district court in Detroit, he and a number of other executives are accused of misleading regulators. But, the indictment said, he continued to "perpetrate the fraud and deceive US regulators".

The September 2015 disclosure that VW had for at least six years intentionally cheated on emissions tests did massive damage to the company's reputation around the world and prompted massive compensation and vehicle refit costs.

In March 2017, VW pleaded guilty to criminal charges that it deceived US regulatory agencies by installing so-called "defeat devices" in diesel vehicles emissions control systems that were created to cheat emissions tests.

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