Former VW CEO Winterkorn Indicted in Dieselgate Case

By Paul Riegler on 3 May 2018
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Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has been indicted for his alleged role in the Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal that cost the automaker its reputation and billions of dollars in fines and penalties.

The indictment, which was filed in secret in U.S. District Court in Detroit on March 14, was unsealed Thursday as Volkswagen held its annual general meeting in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Herr Winterkorn served as VW CEO from 2007 to 2015. He is charged with conspiracy and violation of the Clean Air Act as well as wire fraud.

The charges were filed under seal in Detroit on March 14.

Volkswagen declined to comment on the charges.

“Volkswagen continues to cooperate with investigations by the Department of Justice into the conduct of individuals,” the company said in an emailed statement. “It would not be appropriate to comment on individual cases.”

“The indictment unsealed today alleges that Volkswagen’s scheme to cheat its legal requirements went all the way to the top of the company,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement.

“These are serious allegations, and we will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.”

Herr Winterkorn is the highest ranking individual to be charged in the Dieselgate affair yet he is unlikely to face trial in the United States as Germany does not extradite its citizens to countries outside the European Union.

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