Six Additional Volkswagen Employees Now Face Dieselgate Charges

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
six additional volkswagen employees now face dieselgate charges

The fallout from a scandal that broke in September 2015 after percolating for years has spilled over into the new decade. German prosecutors have laid charges against six Volkswagen employees whom they claim played a role in deceiving regulators and the public.

While the vehicles involved in the diesel emissions scandal have either been fixed or crushed, Germany’s still marching ahead with its investigation into the matter, seeking out those who helped fool the world into believing the brand’s “clean diesel” technology was legit.

According to Reuters, the unnamed employees face charges of fraud, tax evasion, and false advertising. They’re also below the management board level, proving once again that Braunschweig’s finest don’t care where you are on the totem pole.

Prosecutor Klaus Ziehe claims the employees worked at VW between 2006 and 2015, but wouldn’t say whether they’re still with the company.

In a statement from the prosecutors office posted by Automotive News, the prosecutors claim three of the employees are fingered as perpetrators, citing their close involvement with the illegal emissions control devices placed in diesel VW Group vehicles, while the other three allegedly aided and abetted the others in the joint effort.

These six employees are just the latest alleged conspirators to be charged in the diesel affair. Early last year, former CEO Martin Winterkorn, who stepped down days after the scandal broke, was charged by German prosecutors for his alleged role in the deception. In that case, Winterkorn is said to have misled investors, withholding information about the looming scandal that eventually sent the company’s stock plummeting. The ex VW boss was indicted in the U.S. a year earlier.

In September, current CEO Herbert Diess and chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch were hit with similar charges. Both men retained their positions at the top, pending the outcome of the legal process.

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  • Jalop1991 Jalop1991 on Jan 14, 2020

    I hear GM's looking for a couple of new engineers on the 8th gen Corvette...

  • Featherston Featherston on Jan 15, 2020

    The second sentence of the first paragraph needs a "who" rather than a "whom." Here, the relative pronoun is the subject of its clause, not the object - "they played a role," not "them played a role." "Whom" would be correct in something like "Attorneys filed suit on behalf of six employees whom they claim Volkswagen wrongly fired" - "fired them," not "fired they." Signed, That Guy

  • Lou_BC I realized it wasn't EV's burning by the absence of the usual suspects.
  • Kwik_Shift A manual bug eye WRX wagon (2001-03) would interest me more.
  • El scotto Ferrari develops a way to put a virtual car in real time traffic? Will it be multiple virtual players in a possible infinite number of real drivers in real time situations?This will be one of the greatest things ever or a niche video game.
  • El scotto It's said that many military regulations are written in blood. Every ship's wheel or aircraft joystick has a human hand on it at all times when a ship or aircraft are under power. Tanks, APC's and other ground vehicles probably operate under the same rules. Even with those regulations accidents still happen. There is no such thing as an unmanned autopilot, ever. Someone has to be on the stick at all times.I do not think MB understands what a sue-happy nation the USA is. The 1st leased MB in a wreck while this Type 3 "Semi-Autonomous" driving, or whatever it is called, will result in an automatic lawsuit. Expect a class action lawsuit after the 1st personal lawsuit is filed. Yes, new MB owners can afford and ever are lawyers.Mercedes Benz; "The best wrecks or nothing!" Oh and has anyone noticed that Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura, the gray suit with white shirt and striped tie, automobile companies have stayed away from any autonomous driving nonsense?
  • Merc190 Very streamlined but not distinctive enough for a Mercedes. And besides, the streetcar of the early 20th century seems a far more efficient and effective method of people moving in essentially an autonomous manner. A motor car is meant to be driven with proper attention to what's important in every situation. To design it otherwise is idiotic and contradictory.