Currently reading: Former Volkswagen boss Winterkorn charged over dieselgate role
US attorney general claims knowledge of emissions cheating went 'to the top' of Volkswagen

Former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn has been charged by prosecutors with conspiring to defraud the US by misleading regulators over the dieselgate scandal.

The charges against Winterkorn, who resigned from his role as the Volkswagen Group’s chief executive in September 2015, were made by a Detroit federal court in March, although the indictment was sealed until today (3 May).

Winterkorn, 70, was also charged with wire fraud and violating the Clear Air Act, through Volkswagen’s use of an illegal device to cheat US emissions tests.

In a statement, US attorney general Jeff Sessions said: “The indictment unsealed today alleged that Volkswagen’s scheme to cheat its legal requirements went all the way to the top of the company. These are serious allegations, and we will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.”

Winterkorn is the ninth person to be charged over the dieselgate scandal by US prosecutors. Two have pleaded guilty and are currently in prison in the US.

According to Reuters, a spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office in Detroit has confirmed Winterkorn is not in custody. Six of the executives so far charged are in Germany, which does not generally extradite its citizens. 

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James is Autocar's acting magazine editor. Having served in that role since June 2023, he is in charge of the day-to-day running of the world's oldest car magazine, and regularly interviews some of the biggest names in the industry to secure news and features, such as his world exclusive look into production of Volkswagen currywurst. Really.

Before first joining Autocar in 2017, James spent more than a decade in motorsport journalist, working on Autosport,, F1 Racing and Motorsport News, covering everything from club rallying to top-level international events. He also spent 18 months running Move Electric, Haymarket's e-mobility title, where he developed knowledge of the e-bike and e-scooter markets. 

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289 4 May 2018

The Yanks.....

....are whistling in the wind. Do they really think he is going to give himself up? or holiday somewhere that exposes himself to extraditiom.

He has a nice life plenty of VW shares, huge pension ....he's happy....most VW owners are happy too, hence they still buy the product, its a non-event. The Americans can bluster all they like, they can go whistle.

Bloody compensation monkeys and legal vampires!

fadyady 4 May 2018

Who's up next?

Slowly but surely not the Germans but the Americans are rounding up the (Volkswagen) monkeys. Board members must be feeling a bit hot under their collars. Wonder Muller's hasty and unceremonious exit has suggests who's next in the line of fire. Meanwhile Germany's excuse for an investigation rolls on ever so slowly.
xxxx 4 May 2018


Diesel really was bad his health.