Who was for thatat responsible? Law enforcement has been investigating this question for years, the fraud became public in 2015, and lawsuits are already pending against some of the group's managers.
The Braunschweig public prosecutor has now brought charges against six other Volkswagen employees. The accused are charged with fraud in a particularly serious case, indirect false certification and tax evasion. They are said to have committed these offenses between November 2006 and September 2015.
If the public prosecutor's allegations prove to be correct, then the six people would be largely responsible for the fact that diesel models from Volkswagen appeared to the authorities and customers to be lower in pollutants than they actually were thanks to an engine software. All in all, "over the years a good nine million manipulated and ineligible motor vehicles have been sold, brought onto the market and approved for road traffic in violation of the law," said the investigators.
Three of the newly accused, whose identity is not revealed in the public prosecutor's notice, are executives. They are accused of perpetration and the other three aid: They were "particularly knowingly and willingly involved in the development, refinement and improvement of the manipulation software."
The next step for the judiciary is to judge whether the charge will go to trial. In total, eleven people have now been charged in the case, including former CEO Martin Winterkorn, who was charged with serious fraud in April.
Another 32 are still being investigated in Braunschweig. In addition, the Munich public prosecutor is also pressing lawsuits against managers at Volkswagen subsidiary Audi.
The group did not comment on the charges against the individual employees. A spokesman emphasized that the criminal investigations against the company were discontinued after the 2018 fine was paid. This was intended to punish violations of supervisory duties and the skimming of economic advantages in connection with incorrect emission information. VW had to pay around a billion euros.