7.7.2017Audi engineer arrested as part of emissions investigations
Munich authorities have arrested an Audi employee as part of the VW Emissions Scandal investigations, on suspicion of fraud.
It is the first arrest linked to the investigations surrounding Dieselgate, and the employee was detained on Monday by Munich prosecutors according to the prosecutor's office today (Friday 7th July).
The person arrested has not been named, nor has it been confirmed whether they are a current or former employee, according to reports by Reuters. Both Audi and the VW Group have declined to comment.
German media report that the person arrested is engine development engineer Giovanni Pamio, who was charged in a separate suit on Thursday by U.S. authorities of being involved in the software that enabled the cars in question to switch on emission control systems when it detected testing was being carried out, and leaving them off otherwise.
He has been accused of leading a team to design and implement software that would cheat the U.S. emissions testing process, with the U.S. Justice Department charging him with 'conspiracy to defraud the U.S., wire fraud, and violation of the Clean Air Act'.