Ex-VW CEO Winterkorn Charged by USA in Diesel-Cheating Case

04 May, 2018, 07:20 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • Martin Winterkorn

He is the ninth person charged by the U.S. government in this scandal.

Mr Winterkorn is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., wire fraud and violating the Clean Air Act from at least May 2006 to November 2015 by using illicit software that allowed VW diesel vehicles to emit excess pollution without detection.

Winterkorn faces four counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and wire fraud.

The indictment of Winterkorn alleges that he was informed of VW's diesel emissions cheating in May 2014 and again in July 2015.

According to the report, the charges were filed secretly in March and made public Thursday.

Volkswagen settled criminal charges with the US Justice Department in 2017 and agreed to a US$4.3 billion payment. Shortly after the meeting, Gottweis wrote a one-page memorandum describing the results of the test and warned that Volkswagen couldn't explain why NOx emissions were significantly higher during the test. Volkswagen has also been forced to buy back over 5 lakh running vehicles from owners, which have now been stored in lots around the country. Documents later surfaced tying several executives to statements imploring colleagues to "come up with the story please!" when regulators started asking questions.

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CHECK OUT: How did Volkswagen's diesel defeat device work? The meeting was reportedly attended by a number of senior Volkswagen executives including Winterkorn.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused VW of using a so-called "defeat device" on its 2.0-liter turbodiesel.

Winterkorn, who resigned in November 2015 in response to the scandal, said he was not aware of any wrongdoing at the time of his resignation.

The indictment alleges that Winterkorn specifically approved the efforts to mislead regulators about the falsified emissions claims.

Volkswagen admitted in 2015 that it outfitted about 11,000,000 diesel cars worldwide with a device to cheat software aimed at reducing emissions.

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