German prosecutors charge ex-VW boss Winterkorn with fraud

phys.org | 5/25/2014 | Staff
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German prosecutors say former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn was as "guarantor" to authorities and customers that the group was not selling cheating vehicles "even after he knew about the illegal manipulations"

German prosecutors said Monday they had charged former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn and four other managers over the group's "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal.

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They "are accused of multiple crimes realised in a single criminal action, especially a particularly serious case of fraud and an infraction of the law against unfair competition," the prosecutors said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear whether the other accused—who were not named—still work at VW or have since left the company.

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Winterkorn has been singled out for his role as a "guarantor" to authorities and customers that the group was not selling cheating vehicles "even after he knew about the illegal manipulations"—knowledge the prosecutors said he had "from May 25, 2014".

That date was more than a year before VW publicly admitted to fitting 11 million vehicles with software to make them appear less polluting in the lab than in real driving conditions.

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"In the end, this resulted in the imposition of higher fines against Volkswagen AG in Germany as well as...
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