Volkswagen Boss under Investigation
German prosecutors have alleged that former VW boss may have been aware the carmaker was cheating on emissions much earlier than he admitted.
The former boss, Martin Winterkorn, had to step down in 2015 after emerged that the company was using software to reduce the emissions in its diesel vehicles in tests, reports BBC.
He has refuted claims that he was aware of the matter until August 2015, a month to the day the board reported the fraud.
However, German authorities have revealed that they are investigating him.
The German prosecutors have reported that so far they have searched 28 homes and offices in attempts to unravel the matter.
Due that, there has been an increase in the number of people accused from 21 to 37 – inclusive of Mr. Winterkorn.
Through a statement to the media, the prosecutors said that “Sufficient indications have resulted from the investigation, particularly the questioning of witnesses and suspects as well as the analysis of seized data, that the accused [Mr Winterkorn] may have known about the manipulating software and its effects sooner than he has said publicly.”
VW has regrettably accepted that close to 40 employees have tried to hide systematic emissions by deleting thousands of documents.
The US authorities have fined the firm $4.3bn after having agreed to plead guilty to the charges.
Apart from that, the carmaker will pay $15bn civil settlement to car owners and environmental authorities in the United States.
Ever since the scandal came to light, CW have slumped 7 percent lower than their September 2015 market share.