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Volkswagen said Wednesday that its former CEO will pay more than $13 million for his role in the company's 2015 emissions scandal.
Volkswagen saying that Martin Winterkorn has agreed to pay 11.2 million euros over the controversy, which involved the automaker cheating on emissions tests. Former head of Audi AG Rupert Stadler agreed to pay 4.1 million euros in fines, former Audi executive Stefan Knirsch paid 1 million euros and former Porsche executive Wolfgang Hertz paid 1.5 million euros.
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The Environmental Protection Agency caught the automaker using software that let its cars pass emission tests and then later turn off their pollution controls when driving.
An investigation found that that Winterkorn failed "to comprehensively and promptly clarify the circumstances behind the use of unlawful software functions in 2.0l TDI diesel engines sold in the North American market between 2009 and 2015."
Volkswagen said in its statement that Winterkorn also failed to answer "truthfully" when questioned about the matter by U.S. authorities.
Winterkorn resigned from position as CEO in September 2015, and the automaker had to pay more than 31 billion euros in fines, recall costs and compensation to owners, .
He Robbed a Taco Joint With a Toy Water Gun for $264. He Got Life in Prison. .
On a Sunday night in February 1981, Rolf Kaestel robbed an Arkansas taco restaurant using a toy water gun. No one was injured in the stickup. He stole $264—and was sentenced to life in prison. Forty years later, Kaestel is still behind bars for aggravated robbery. His penalty is unusually severe, supporters say, for a crime without injuries or even a physical altercation. This year could be the 70-year-old inmate’s final shot at redemption, a taste of freedom for however many good years he has left. Kaestel’s fate now rests in the hands of Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who denied him clemency in 2015 and is expected to decide on his latest application any day now.