DETROIT -- High-level Volkswagen executives could face charges in the U.S. over the automaker's emissions scandal after the FBI arrested one manager and said executive management was informed about the existence of an emissions cheating device but chose not to disclose it to U.S. regulators.
In a court filing Monday, the FBI accused VW of deliberately misleading regulators about cheating pollution tests in the U.S.
U.S. prosecutors plan to charge high-level VW executives based in Germany over the scandal, Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The person did not say when charges will be filed against and whether they are planned against people still employed by the automaker.
Herbert Diess, VW brand chief, was asked about the charges on the sidelines of the Detroit auto show on Monday. "Naturally I can say little about that," he told Automotive News Europe. "We simply have to accept that the investigations continue and we hope that we can soon reach a point where we put this behind us. But these are things that the management board itself has no knowledge of," he said referring to the investigations.
"Naturally this is not good news for us at the show," Diess said.
Diess declined to comment when asked if he expected further arrests of VW executives.
VW employee Oliver Schmidt was arrested Saturday on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with the scandal. Schmidt and other employees gave a presentation to VW's executive management about the defeat device on or about July 27, 2015, the FBI complaint said.