Oliver Schmidt is accused of conspiring to keep US regulators from finding VW’s cheat software back in 2014; the five others charged are in Germany

The US’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has charged five more Volkswagen executives with fraud connected to the emissions scandal, after executive Oliver Schmidt for conspiring to keep regulators from discovering emissions cheat software. Violation of the Clean Air act is also on the rap list.

Those charged are all linked to engine development at Volkswagen and the company's relationship with emissions regulators, according to the New York Times; Heinz-Jakob Neusser, who worked on branding for Volkswagen, Richard Dorenkamp and Jens Hadler, who were in engine development, Bernd Gottweis, from quality management and Jürgen Peter, who is reported to have been Volkswagen's main spokesman to the regulators.

The previous emissions compliance boss for Volkswagen’s US activities was arrested on Saturday. The move comes as part of a criminal investigation into the Volkswagen emissions scandal, commonly referred to as dieselgate, and is reported to be the first of several arrests planned by the FBI.

Schmidt is accused of deliberately trying to deceive regulators during their earliest dieselgate investigations. He is said to have labelled omissions in test results as technical faults, rather than admitting they were caused by emissions cheat software.

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German-born Schmidt appeared before Parliament in Britain in the months following September 2014, when Volkswagen admitted to violating emissions regulatory laws in the US. He was one of the first VW representatives to say the brand’s actions were not technically illegal in Europe.

The FBI and Schmidt’s lawyers have so far not commented on his arrest. He is due to appear before a US court on Monday.

Reports on Automotive News Europe suggest the FBI will arrest more German-based VW executives as part of its ongoing investigations, but no names have been revealed as of yet. We have contacted Volkswagen for response on the charges.

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10 January 2017
The story just keeps on escalating. FBI boys, see if he squeals like a pig.
Bet non of the VW board members will be going on holiday to Disney World in the US this year

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

10 January 2017
Americans...

10 January 2017
People who clearly know nothing about Americans...

10 January 2017
Speedraser wrote:

People who clearly know nothing about Americans...

Who would want to? Fxucking war mongering vulgar pigs.

11 January 2017
And you're clearly an even-tempered, knowledgeable individual...

11 January 2017
"Who would want to?" is effectively an admission that you know nothing about Americans. Yet, you KNOW that all Americans are "war mongering vulgar pigs." Nothing further needs to be said...

12 January 2017
Speedraser wrote:

"Who would want to?" is effectively an admission that you know nothing about Americans. Yet, you KNOW that all Americans are "war mongering vulgar pigs." Nothing further needs to be said...

Effectively an admission? Typical American trait of assuming guilt on no knowledge. Forgive my generalisation, perhaps it may not be fair to ALL Americans. Perhaps it isn't easy taking a nation that has just voted in a clown as its leader too seriously.

10 January 2017
Schmidt is being done for hiding that Volkswagen was cheating! Mad. Volkswagen board members who gained the most from the cheating must be laughing they got away. Schmidt the poor fall guy.

10 January 2017
YAWN


10 January 2017
Bit slow with your witty reply (read the same) today.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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