Former Volkswagen Exec Charged In Corruption Scandal

Law360, New York (November 15, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- German prosecutors charged Peter Hartz, a former Volkswagen AG executive board member and director of personnel, with 44 counts of breach of trust on Wednesday, after investigations revealed a corruption scandal at Germany’s largest auto maker.

Prosecutors based in Brunswick, a city close to VW’s Wolfsburg headquarters, filed a 63-page indictment outlining illegal favors, kickbacks and bribery payments Hartz had allegedly paid to top labor representatives.

Hartz, who is famous for helping overhaul Germany’s labor market under the previous chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, was one of 12...
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