By on September 28, 2015

 

A criminal complaint in Germany (that could have been filed by anyone) has prompted an investigation into whether former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn knew the automaker was selling cars with an illegal “defeat device” to fool emissions test, Reuters reported.

Several complaints have been filed with German prosecutors, including one from within Volkswagen, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Winterkorn’s investigation may take months — or even years — as German authorities look into how widespread cheating and lying was at the automaker.

Winterkorn resigned as CEO from Volkswagen last week and said that he had no knowledge that the automaker was designing its diesel cars to cheat through emissions standards.

When his resignation was announced, Volkswagen’s supervisory board said it would hire an outside investigator to research how the company developed its defeat device.

Over the weekend, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that three R&D chiefs at Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche are being forced out because of the growing scandal.

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