Former Audi Chief to Plead Guilty in Emissions Scandal

What do you call a company that is a global, household name, known for it’s engineering brilliance and production ingenuity, that has now also been proven to be a fraudulent organization from top to bottom? You call that organization Volkswagen, which has paid multiple fines to date, exceeding $20Billion!

It follows their guilty plea to fraud charges, admitting that engineers rigged nearly 600,000 diesel cars sold in the U.S. to cheat on emissions tests. They were programmed to recognize when they were being tested, so the cars produced emissions that were compliant, when in actuality they were worse polluters than long-haul trucks!

Management at all levels and at least some of the rank and file participated in order to protect their franchise and source of income, encouraged no doubt, by the mistaken belief that there was safety in numbers! They were incorrect and now following a trial that started in 2020, many more heads have rolled including the former CEO of the Audi Division who will pay a fine of $1.2million.

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I wonder about when this train actually went off the rail and Balwani and Holmes both knew it. It reminds me somewhat of Bernie Madoff’s $20 Billion deception in that if Bernie had fessed up when his performance first went south and he tried to cover it up, only to make it worse, he might largely have been forgiven and returned to his original trading business. But he just couldn’t do that and as time went on…well we know the result.

Was there a similar trajectory for this pair? A time when they looked at each other and said, “Uh oh!” Not that it matters really. Somewhere along the way they knew what was going down and kept it going for as long as they could. Now have to face the music as eventually, always is the case. It is simply “The Law of Cause and Effect” unfolding. Hopefully for them there will be less tragic endings than Bernie. It depends on how they handle what they have wrought! We’ll see.