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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Ex-Volkswagen boss faces US charges over diesel emissions cheating scandal

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters
Independent.ie Business Desk

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges stemming from the company's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

The four-count indictment unsealed on Thursday alleges that the car maker's top executive at the time knew about the plot.

The 70-year-old is charged with three counts of wire fraud and one of conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act. He was indicted in March.

Volkswagen has admitted to programming its diesel engines to activate pollution controls when being tested in government labs and turning them off when on the road.

The US government believes Winterkorn is in Germany, so it is unlikely he will ever see a US courtroom or jail. Germany does not typically allow extradition of its citizens to other countries.

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