German prosecutors have charged Peter Hartz, the former personnel director of Volkswagen, with 44 criminal counts as part of a corruption investigation at Europe’s biggest carmaker. The prosecutors said documents show unjustified payments from Hartz office of nearly two million euros to the former head of VW’s works council .. Klaus Volkert.
Prosecutors Joachim Geyer said: “The main charge certainly is embezzlement, which will result in penalties. The embezzlement involved the illegal bribing of works council members. The documents show that and we are convinced of it.”
It is also alleged Hartz authorised cash payments of 400,000 euros to Volkert’s mistress. Hartz is one of 12 people being investigated over the scandal, in which it’s claimed union representatives were bribed to not challenge company policy.
Prosecutors say Hartz has confessed and because he is cooperating will not be sent to jail.