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Former VW boss Martin Winterkorn charged with conspiracy and fraud

Former VW boss Martin Winterkorn charged with conspiracy and fraud

He resigned not long after the scandal became public in September 2015, maintaining he had no prior knowledge of the effort.

A civil case lodged in 2016 by several states alleged that Winterkorn had been made aware of the illegal software (called a "defeat device" in Environmental Protection Agency parlance) early on at Volkswagen, although at the time he was not personally charged with any wrongdoing. In total, nine people have been charged and two former Volkswagen executives have pleaded guilty in the case and been sentenced to prison terms.

The indictment alleges that by the summer of 2015, U.S. regulators threatened to withhold authorization for VW to sell Model Year 2016 diesel vehicles in the United States until VW answered their questions about the discrepancies uncovered by the ICCT study.

The charges were in connection with VW's long-running scheme to cheat US diesel vehicle emissions requirements.

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

The indictment also alleges that VW employees recommended the company seek to get approval for 2016 diesel models from US regulators without revealing the existence of the cheating software.

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In addition to conspiracy and wire fraud, Winterkorn is also charged with the violation of the Clean Air Act, a law that aims to control air pollution.

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

The indictment also states that Winterkorn was informed of the emissions cheating by a memo sent in May 2014. And now in a rather unexpected development, the United States Justice Department has disclosed that it has filed criminal charges against Volkswagen's ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn. Volkswagen continued to deny the existence of defeat devices until the summer of 2015. VW executives also approved a script, "consistent with Winterkorn's alleged directive", for a meeting with CARB to hide their emissions cheating.

Indictment comes in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

"As CEO I took political responsibility", the 69-year-old Winterkorn said during a German parliamentary inquiry in January 2017, adding that, "this step was the most hard of my life". VW halted the sale of new diesels in the United States after the scandal.


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