Volkswagen is facing increasing legal pressure over its diesel engine emissions test cheating
Reportedly the US Justice Department has sent VW a subpoena under a bank fraud law as part of its probe into the scandal. That far-reaching law allows them to look for fraud going back 10 years and could lead to even more and bigger financial penalties against the carmaker.
At the same time prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig said the number of suspects they are investigating has risen from six to 17. And French prosecutors have also opened a formal investigation into ‘aggravated fraud’. Last month, a federal judge imposed a March 24th deadline for VW to say whether it has found a fix for 600,000 US diesel vehicles that is acceptable to regulators there.