Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn poses for the media prior to the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany in March 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn,file)
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The United States has filed criminal charges against former Volkswagen AG boss Martin Winterkorn, accusing him of conspiring to cover up the German automaker's diesel emissions cheating, in a rare attempt to prosecute a CEO for company actions.Winterkorn is unlikely to face U.S. authorities.VW has been fighting to move on from the scandal.VW has also offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting U.S. vehicles.The indictment also alleges that VW employees recommended the company seek to get approval for 2016 diesel models from U.S. regulators without revealing the existence of the cheating software.VW had initially suggested only lower-level executives knew of the cheating.Six former VW executives charged, including Winterkorn, are believed to be in Germany and have avoided facing U.S. prosecutors.
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