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Volkswagen will reportedly face US criminal charges in Dieselgate

Submitted by The Verge on August 15, 2016 - 7:19pm

Volkswagen will face federal criminal charges in the US for its diesel emissions scandal, possibly resulting in "significant financial penalties," according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Volkswagen and Department of Justice prosecutors are said to be in negotiations to settle the case before the end of the year, though that timing isn’t firm.

The prosecutors are said to be looking to decide if they should seek a guilty plea to criminal charges from Volkswagen or if the DoJ will set up a "deferred prosecution agreement" where charges could be dismissed if the company adheres to settlement terms.

In June, Volkswagen reached a $14.7 billion deal with federal regulators over Dieselgate, including the offer of buybacks for...

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