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Ex-Volkswagen CEO indicted over emissions-cheating scandal

Jaclyn Jaeger | May 4, 2018

An indictment, unsealed Thursday, charges former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn with conspiracy and wire fraud relating to the company’s long-running emissions-cheating scandal.  

The superseding indictment was issued by a federal grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of Michigan and charges Winterkorn with four counts of violating federal law. The first count charges that Winterkorn conspired with other senior Volkswagen executives and employees to defraud the United States, defraud Volkswagen’s U.S. customers, and violate the Clean Air Act by making false representations to regulators and the public about the ability of Volkswagen’s supposedly “clean diesel” vehicles to comply with U.S. emissions requirements. The remaining three counts charge Winterkorn with wire fraud relating to the scheme. 

Winterkorn’s indictment represents the most recent charges in an ongoing investigation by...

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