On Monday, the 15th of April 2019, German prosecutors had charged Martin Winterkorn, a former Volkswagen CEO, with fraud over his suspicious role on the automaker’s alleged deceiving in diesel emission tests. Nevertheless, the charges came forth three years after the scandal had taken place and a year earlier, United States had filed charges against Winterkorn, accusing the former VW CEO of conspiring to cover up Volkswagen’s diesel emission cheating.
In a statement, prosecutor office of the German city of Braunschweig had been quote saying that the former Volkswagen boss Winterkorn and four other managers were accused of fraudulent activity and misleading the watchdogs on diesel-run Volkswagen vehicles’ emission tests, however the prosecutors did neither disclose the names of four other managers, nor mentioned whether they were still being employed by Volkswagen.
While being asked for comments, Winterkorn’s lawyer said that he would not be able to comment on the charges, since he was not allowed to access important case files, while a spokesman for Winterkorn who resigned shortly after the reveal of scandal said that he was shocked over the magnitude of misconduct.
In point of fact, Volkswagen did admit on September 2015 that the German automaker had been using illegal engine control software for cheating US emission tests, a slanderous incident which had costed the carmaker over $33 billion so far.