Ex-Volkswagen Chief Charged With Lying to ‘Dieselgate’ Investigators

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FILED - Raindrops bead on a Volkswagen logo at a VW dealer in the northern German city of Hanover in the file shot from January 12, 2021. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte/dpa
FILED - Raindrops bead on a Volkswagen logo at a VW dealer in the northern German city of Hanover in the file shot from January 12, 2021. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte/dpa

Berlin prosecutors said on Wednesday that they had charged a former Volkswagen chief executive with lying to a German parliamentary committee probing the carmaker for cheating on emissions tests.

Martin Winterkorn, 74, stepped down in September 2015, shortly after Volkswagen was revealed to have equipped US diesel cars with software that could detect when they were tested and distort emissions data.

“During the testimony, the accused falsely claimed that he had only been told about the defeat devices in September 2015. According to the indictment, he had known about the motor control software installed in certain VW cars that could manipulate emissions tests since May 2015,” a statement read.

Separately, Volkswagen said it had reached a settlement agreement with Winterkorn who will pay it 11.2 million euros ($13.6 million) in damages. Former Audi chief Rupert Stadler agreed to pay 4.1 million euros. Both men were found in breach of their duties. Volkswagen will also receive 270 million euros from directors and officers’ insurers. The deals need to be approved at a general meeting on July 22.

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