NEW YORK, may 3. /TASS/. Ex-CEO of Volkswagen Martin Winterkorn indicted in Federal district court in Michigan in collusion and fraud investigation of oil companies. This was announced on Thursday by the news Agency Bloomberg, citing court documents.
The German carmaker has appeared in the scandal center after the detection to its cars software allows you to clean the content of harmful substances in exhaust gases of cars with diesel engines. As a result, such vehicles were accepted in the US environmental regulations on paper only. In reality, they significantly exceeded limit level of air pollution.
As recalled by the Agency in September of 2015 Volkswagen acknowledged that such software stood at 11 million vehicles with diesel engines. From court documents it follows that Winterkorn, who resigned as CEO shortly after the scandal broke, was informed as the situation with the exhaust gases, and the question of what regulatory agencies in the States threatened to delay the issuance of necessary certificates on sale models, 2016.
In January 2017, the company pleaded guilty to providing false information when importing cars in the U.S., as well as attempts to obstruct the investigation and agreed to pay fines totaling $4.3 billion In December 2017, one of the former managers of the American division Volkswagen’s Oliver Schmidt was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of involvement in the falsification of data on air pollution.