NYT finds smoking gun within the palms of Volkswagen's former CEO

NYT finds smoking gun in the hands of Volkswagen's former CEO

Sean Gallup/Getty

Volkswagen’s former CEO has all the time stated that he knew nothing about his firm’s emissions-dishonest coverage. His default line is that he discovered concerning the scandal simply days earlier than the agency publicly admitted its guilt. Sadly for Martin Winterkorn (pictured), inner memos recommend that his reminiscence could be a bit defective. The New York Occasions is claiming to have seen these paperwork, kindly provided by German newspaper Bild. If correct, the paperwork says that Winterkorn might have recognized concerning the conspiracy as much as sixteen months earlier than it was revealed to the general public. One doc, dated Might 2014, is an specific warning to him that regulators may need discovered the offending defeat system. So, uh, hey, Martin — you continue to positive you did not know something about this till September 2015?

Authorities investigations into Volkswagen’s dodgy dealings are nonetheless ongoing, however the Occasions factors out that Winterkorn might be on the hook for extra ache. You see, giant public corporations like VW are sure by regulation to tell shareholders about points that would go on to harm its share worth. Until he can justifiably show that promoting automobiles that pumped out 35 occasions extra noxious chemical compounds than allowed would not harm the inventory, he is in hassle. Winterkorn declined the NYT’s request for remark, whereas Volkswagen stated it could not due to the continued investigation.