VW's Former Boss Has Been Charged Over His Part In Dieselgate

Martin Winterkorn is the now the ninth and most senior person to be charged by US prosecutors over the emissions-fixing scandal
VW's Former Boss Has Been Charged Over His Part In Dieselgate

US prosecutors’ quest to bring dieselgate participants to justice has now reached the highest level possible. Martin Winterkorn - VW AG’s CEO from 2007 - 2015 - has now be charged over his alleged part in the company’s widespread emissions test cheating.

The charges were made against the 70-year-old by a federal court in Detroit back in March, but the indictment remained sealed until Thursday this week. The charges include conspiracy to defraud the United States of America, violation of the Clean Air Act and wire fraud.

Winterkorn resigned in September 2015 just days after VW’s activities came to light, although internal memos seem to suggest he knew about potential diesel issues over a year before the news broke.

VW's Former Boss Has Been Charged Over His Part In Dieselgate

In a statement, US attorney general Jeff Sessions had the following to say of the latest development in the scandal:

“The indictment unsealed today alleged that Volkswagen’s scheme to cheat its legal requirements went all the way to the top of the company. These are serious allegations, and we will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.”



Cool! He can be GasKings’ prison buddy!

05/04/2018 - 14:44 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Sadly tho, Gaskings is locked in England whereas IDK he will be locked.

05/04/2018 - 14:52 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

the f**k happened to him

05/04/2018 - 15:46 |
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wait whats the point on imprisoning a 70 year old?

its like releasing a 911 GT3, right before the new one comes along

oh wait….

05/04/2018 - 15:47 |
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no suprise he didnt get away with it

VW diesels were always said to be slow……


GEDDIT, cause getting away with it, and VW?

ah crap , i need better jokes

05/04/2018 - 15:51 |
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05/04/2018 - 16:50 |
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That was terrible in every sense of the word.

05/04/2018 - 17:58 |
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Anton 3


05/04/2018 - 17:14 |
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Derek Steele

You know, it is really really wrong that Volkswagen cheated when other companies, such as Cummins, put millions of man-hours and billions of dollars into better emissions.

05/04/2018 - 17:24 |
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Yeah, sure. I’m pretty sure that vw diesels produce way less shit than Cummins diesels.

05/08/2018 - 13:18 |
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His “exhaust” is going to get super clean while he’s in jail.

05/05/2018 - 06:11 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Lmao you wish. The only prison he’ll be going to,if at all, will be the real cozy ones for white-collar crimes. See the Wolf of Wallstreet movie for reference. They’re more of a vacation club than prisons really

05/05/2018 - 06:35 |
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Lukas Hohenegger

Can anyone explain me why VW is the only one with legal consequences? I mean shouldnt all other manufactors face the same?

05/05/2018 - 15:48 |
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Yes they do. The one’s got bought by VW Group also got it too like Audi,Skoda,Seat,etc.

05/06/2018 - 06:49 |
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AnthonyDraws 1


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