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Former Volkswagen CEO indicted as part of emissions cheating scandal

Martin Winterkorn
FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer ‘Volkswagen’, arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German prosecutors have indicted former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and four others on charges of fraud and unfair competition, saying he failed to prevent manipulation of engine software that let Volkswagen cars cheat on diesel emission tests.

Prosecutors in Braunschweig said Monday that Winterkorn knew about the deceptive software since 2014.

The prosecutors’ statement said that the defendants faced from six months to 10 years imprisonment if convicted, and that bonuses earned due to sales based on the deception could be forfeited.

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