VW’s CEO During Dieselgate to Stand Trial Over Fraud Charges in Germany

Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen’s CEO at the time that the Dieselgate scandal broke, must face trial for tax fraud and false advertising in Germany. The former CEO will face trial with four other executives reports Automotive News Europe.

The case was allowed to proceed by a court in Brunswick, Germany. The court declared that VW’s emissions test defeating device prevented it from paying higher taxes and mislead consumers in a press release on Wednesday. The former executives should therefore also face charges of tax evasion, false advertising, and added that the suspects could also be tried for acting as a criminal gang.

“The fraud charges concern 9 million vehicles sold in Europe and the U.S.,” the court said in a statement. “Buyers may have lost 100 million euros.”

The court dropped some charges, including breach of trust, against Winterkorn. The executives’ bonuses are also unlikely to be seized as part of the case, the court told prosecutors.