Prosecutors in Germany have filed criminal charges against six more Volkswagen executives for their roles in the company’s never-ending diesel emission cheating scandal.
The 876-page indictment says the unidentified six were “largely responsible” for misleading regulators and customers in Europe and the U.S. about the illegal software VW diesels were using to evade emission tests.
The defendants are charged with fraud and false certification. Because the rigged cars illegally qualified for tax breaks in Europe, members of the group also were charged with tax evasion.
The Beat Goes On
The six new defendants join five others previously charged. Prosecutors say they continue to investigate 32 others about the cheating, which came to light more than four years ago. Authorities conducted their most recent raid at VW headquarters in Wolfsburg a month ago.
VW has shelled out some $30 billion so far to cover fines, settle lawsuits, pay for vehicle buybacks and repairs, compensate owners and make environmental restitution, mostly in the U.S.
As today’s announcement shows, this scandal just won’t go away and is far from over.
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Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.