The Former Volkswagen Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn Has Been Charged In Germany Over The Emissions Scandal. Neil Williams Of Business Crime Solicitors Rahman Ravelli Outlines Why This Will Not Be The End Of The Issue

Author:Mr Neil Williams
Profession:Rahman Ravelli Solicitors

German prosecutors have charged former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn with fraud over the car manufacturer's emissions scandal.

The former chief executive is one of five people charged in Germany with serious fraud and violation of competition law. These are the first charges to be brought in Germany - where VW is based - in relation to the manipulation of exhaust emissions data.

Authorities in the US have already brought fraud charges against VW and Winterkorn; claiming that senior executives knew about the manipulation of exhaust data but did not inform the markets.

Prosecutors in Germany are alleging that Winterkorn was informed in May 2014 that VW had cheated on emissions tests but then failed to notify regulators or consumers.

Investigations are continuing in Germany into a further 36 individuals in connection with the scandal. Last year, VW was fined €1 billion (£870m) in Germany for rigging diesel emissions tests. So far, it has paid out more than $25bn as a result of the scandal.

Winterkorn resigned shortly after the scandal came to light in September 2015. At the time, he said he was stunned by the scale of misconduct.

Volkswagen admitted that it had used illegal engine control software to cheat US pollution tests between November 2006 and September 2015.

The events took place between November 2006 and September 2015, the prosecutors...

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