Volkswagen forged pollution data: 6 company executives charged with fraud

During the legal measures being taken against Volkswagen in the diesel emissions affair, six of the German car manufacturing company’s executives are being charged with fraud and the company will have to pay a $4.3 billion fine. In September 2015, it was revealed that the company installed illegal software in its diesel models in order to evade air pollution laws.
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According to media reports yesterday (Wednesday), six Volkswagen executives are being charged with fraud as part of a settlement to resolve forged pollution data investigations. As part of the settlement, the automotive giant will be required to pay a $4.3 billion fine.

Documents presented in court reveal that $1.5 billion will be allotted towards a civil fine and $2.8 billion in criminal fines. The company pled guilty to the three fraud charges against them and to obstruction of justice. Volkswagen admitted that between 2006 to 2016, six company executives agreed to deceit consumers and regulators in regard to the vehicles’ emissions data.

As reported last year by JOL, the US filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen following the scam involving fraudulent measurement of diesel emissions data. In September 2015, the US officials ordered Volkswagen to recall nearly half a million vehicles, claiming that the manufacturers had illegally installed software in its diesel models in order to evade air pollution laws.

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