In the Diesel affair, the Munich public prosecutor has indicted three former board members and a retired Audi department head. You will be charged with fraud, indirect false testimony, and criminal advertising. A Munich court must now decide whether the case should be brought to court.
The department head is particularly accused of being the basis for the development of engines for Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche with fraud software. It is a system that has no emission restrictions during normal use. The software only reduces vehicle emissions during testing. In Wednesday’s indictment, prosecutors stated that at least 434,420 vehicles from the three Volkswagen brands were sold with this fraudulent software, mainly in the European and American markets.
The prosecutor accuses the former administrators of being aware of the manipulations at different times between October 2013 and September 2015, but not taking any action against them. One of the three would have misled Audi about his involvement in the manipulations when he was appointed to the board of management by senior management in 2016.
The new fees are another step in the investigation of fraudulent software in cars. The trial against former Audi top manager Rupert Stadler and three executives begins on September 30. They are also accused of fraud, indirect false testimony, and criminal advertising.