Prosecutors in Braunschweig introduced Monday that Winterkorn was one in all 5 folks indicted in a case associated to the automaker’s diesel emissions-cheating scandal.
Winterkorn has been accused of a very severe fraud, based on a press release from prosecutors. The cost carries a most penalty of 10 years in jail.
The former CEO was additionally charged with embezzlement and violating competitors regulation. He might be ordered to repay bonuses he acquired as a reward for gross sales.
Felix Dörr, a lawyer for Winterkorn, stated that he would solely have the ability to touch upon the fees when he had learn the total indictment.
Prosecutors stated that they had submitted the indictment and 75,000 pages of further proof to a courtroom in Braunschweig that may resolve whether or not Winterkorn will stand trial.
Another 36 folks stay underneath investigation.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission additionally introduced final month that it was suing Volkswagen and Winterkorn, accusing them of finishing up “a massive fraud.”
The market regulator stated that Volkswagen and Winterkorn fraudulently raised billions of from traders, together with by overplaying the agency’s environmental credentials.
Sales of Volkswagen diesel automobiles are actually rebounding in Germany. Some 43% of all Volkswagen model automobiles offered in Germany final yr had been diesel, near their pre-scandal share of 49%.
Chris Liakos and Stephanie Halasz contributed to this text.