Former VW CEO indicted in Detroit in emissions cheating case

04 May, 2018, 10:01 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • Former VW CEO indicted in Detroit in emissions cheating case

USA prosecutors have reportedly filed charges against former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn over his alleged role in the diesel emissions scandal.

The first count charges that Winterkorn conspired with other senior VW executives and employees to defraud the United States, defraud VW's USA customers and violate the Clean Air Act by making false representations to regulators and the public about the ability of VW's "clean diesel" vehicles to comply with US emissions requirements.

Diesel cars from Volkswage (VLKAF)and Audi, which is owned by VW, were rigged to cheat on clean air rules with software that made emissions look cleaner than they actually were, according to federal and California regulators.

According to the indictment, Winterkorn was told of the problem and questioned how USA regulators were threatening to delay certifying 2016 cars for sale, at a July meeting in Wolfsburg, Germany, where the company is based, according to Bloomberg News. Winterkorn resigned shortly after the scandal became public.

The company pleaded guilty in March 2017 to criminal charges of deceiving USA and California regulatory agencies by installing the software to cheat emissions tests.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said "If you try to deceive the United States, then you will pay a heavy price". "These are serious allegations, and we will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law". "They were allegedly shown a PowerPoint presentation which explained "(1) how VW was deceiving US regulators, including precisely what information had been disclosed and what had not yet been disclosed; and (2) the potential consequences of VW being caught cheating".




Winterkorn stepped down from his role at Volkswagen in September of 2015, only a matter of days after the German auto maker confessed to outfitting 11 million cars with a device created to cheat at emissions testing.

The charges stem from the VW Group diesel emissions scandal that broke in 2015.

The indictment charges that Winterkorn was informed of the cheating scheme in July 2015 and approved a strategy aimed at keeping United States regulators in the dark.

If extradited from Germany and found guilty, Winterkorn faces a maximum of 65 years in prison if convicted on all charges - 5 years for the conspiracy charge and 20 years per wire fraud charge.

The indictment reopens the question of whether other senior VW executives knew about the scandal, which threatens to prolong the crisis.

A Volkswagen spokesman in Germany said the company "continues to cooperate with investigations" of individuals but would not comment on Thursday's charges.

Recommended:

  • Ross Softens Expectations for a US-China Trade Deal This Week

    Ross Softens Expectations for a US-China Trade Deal This Week

    We'll look at how much trade occurs between the two countries and what the Trump administration is asking for. China and the USA have already signaled $50 billion of retaliatory tariffs are coming.
    U.S.  checks reports three American detainees relocated in N.Korea

    U.S. checks reports three American detainees relocated in N.Korea

    Currently, North Korea is under sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council to stop its nuclear weapons and missiles programmes. Singapore holds significant diplomatic leverage, as it maintains diplomatic relations with both the U.S. and North Korea.
    Head of RPA fraction says Armenia should have a Prime Minister

    Head of RPA fraction says Armenia should have a Prime Minister

    If he does not receive a majority vote, or if the RPA refuses to vote, parliament will be dissolved and snap elections called. He is the only candidate for prime minister, but the chamber is controlled by the Sargsyan's ruling party.
  • Anushka Sharma turns 30, announces building animal shelter

    Anushka Sharma turns 30, announces building animal shelter

    This handsome day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well-wishers. Anushka Sharma , one of India's most popular film artists, celebrated her 30th birthday on 1st May, 2018.
    Chariot chosen: Harry and Meghan reveal carriage pick for wedding procession

    Chariot chosen: Harry and Meghan reveal carriage pick for wedding procession

    Harry and Meghan will travel in the Scottish State Coach that has a partial glass roof to allow spectators to see who's inside. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to walk down the aisle in just 16 days' time.
    Sixers and Celtics to renew playoff rivalry

    Sixers and Celtics to renew playoff rivalry

    Morris said he's enjoyed watching the hometown Eagles win the Super Bowl, followed by Villanova's NCAA basketball championship. With the impressive victory, the Celtics punched a ticket in the East semifinals against the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers .
  • Warriors' Steph Curry expected to play in Game 2

    Warriors' Steph Curry expected to play in Game 2

    The 76ers began the season at 150-1 to win a championship, per OddsShark , equal to the Utah Jazz, who are also still alive. Nick Young has been starting in his place in the postseason, but will return to the bench with Curry back in action.
    Facebook and Instagram Stories adds Spotify integration

    Facebook and Instagram Stories adds Spotify integration

    Video calls can be minimized, too, so you can keep browsing Instagram or chatting with others while in the video call. Well, you may want to share the song you are playing in Spotify to Instagram or a picture from your GoPro .
    Merkel: Europe Will Push Back If Hit With Trade Tariffs

    Merkel: Europe Will Push Back If Hit With Trade Tariffs

    The EU has threatened to retaliate with duties on iconic American goods such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Kentucky bourbon. If it loses its exemption, the European Union has said it will retaliate with its own tariffs on US goods imported to Europe.
  • Bay Area Students Join National Walkout To Support 2nd Amendment, Gun Rights

    Bay Area Students Join National Walkout To Support 2nd Amendment, Gun Rights

    Around 100 students walked out of Grand Ledge High School in MI , where they gathered around a flagpole in front of the school. At 9:55 a.m., up to 100 students gathered outside of the school with a few students carrying flags across the parking lot.
    Your Galaxy S7 could get Android Oreo this month

    Your Galaxy S7 could get Android Oreo this month

    If you are living outside the United Kingdom , do not worry, the update should arrive to other regions in the coming weeks. As the South Korean giant is now rolling out Android Oreo 8.0 Update for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge in Europe.
    Conte keen for Cahill to play ahead of World Cup

    Conte keen for Cahill to play ahead of World Cup

    Chelsea kept alive their slim hope of securing a top four place courtesy of man of the match, Cesc Fabregas fourth minute strike.


Popular

Xiaomi files for largest Chinese tech IPO since 2014
Its 2017 revenue surged by 67.5% to 114.6 billion yuan ($18 billion), with overseas sales more than tripling to 32.1 billion yuan. Lei has pledged to reclaim the top spot in China in the next 10 quarters, but it won't be easy in a declining smartphone market.

Kensington Palace announce the name of the new royal baby
Unlike his siblings Prince George , 4, and Princess Charlotte , 2, Louis' birth certificate is typed and not handwritten. A beloved mentor of Prince Charles, he was assassinated in 1979 by the Irish Republican Army.

Nadal downs Tsitsipas for 11th Barcelona title
The local favorite though lauded Tsitsipas and opined the teenager has an "amazing future" in the sport. Nadal has won 5 titles there and will be looking to achieve his 6th one as well.

Salah voted England's Footballer of the Year
Salah and 26-year-old Belgian De Bruyne collected more than 90% of the votes from members of the Football Writers' Association. He also looks set to win the Golden Boot award to cap a stunning campaign on Merseyside.

Twitter Deepens Sports Content With ESPN
The short message platform has turned into a video powerhouse, generating revenue from video ads both in the US and overseas . There'll be room for smaller broadcasters too, with new pilot shows sourced through Twitter's creator network Niche .

Thunderstorms in today's weather forecast
The high will be near 81 with a south wind of 11 to 16 miles per hour , gusting as high as 30 miles per hour . Mostly cloudy skies will hang around Thursday night and the low temp will be around 38 degrees.

Omaha-metro area braces for first severe weather of the season
The jet stream pattern will flip from what we've seen during this relatively quiet week and lead to the return of severe weather. Wednesday , the severe weather threat now covers a very large swath blanketing much of the eastern half of the state.

Tottenham vs Watford latest score
I'd like to have played better in the last few games, same as the team , but I feel good, feel sharp and could have scored more. You felt during the game with Watford the fans were disappointed because of the defeat to Manchester United .

Apple Bears Come Out For iPhone Maker's Second-Quarter Report
Analysts will have their eyes glued to numbers, to see if iPhone sales failed, met, or exceeded their expectations. That made it hard to price the product much below $1,395, without slicing Apple's legendary profitability.

Wayne Rooney supports Sam Allardyce's claim to become Everton boss
While it is unlikely that Everton will climb any higher than eighth this season, Allardyce praised his players for their commitment late in the season.