Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch and Carsten Nagel all worked for Audi’s engine development department in Germany and are justVolkswagen Group employees to face the music in the US for their involvement in the diesel emissions-cheating scandal that has been rocking the automotive industry since 2015.
The US court is playing the role of a paper tiger here since all four of the engineers are believed to be in Germany, and it’s unlikely that they’ll be returning to the US to face their accusers. This round of indictments is the first to go to an Audi employee since 2017 when the courts also brought charges against Giovanni Pamio, another Audi manager.
The four Audi managers are being charged with violating the Clean Air Act, wire fraud and conspiracy and could face jail time if apprehended and convicted.
The Audi engines that were the prime culprits in Dieselgate are thethat found its way into most of Audi’s lineup as well as several Porsche and Volkswagen models.