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Fiat Chrysler Engineer Must Face Emissions Conspiracy Charge

Jan. 19, 2023, 3:16 PM

A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. engineer must face a criminal charge that he conspired to commit wire fraud by falsifying government test results for a new diesel engine that allowed it to be marketed as environmentally friendly and “best in class,” the Sixth Circuit said.

The engines were sold in over $4 billion worth of vehicles. FCA US LLC recently agreed to pay $300 million in fines and pleaded guilty to criminal conduct to resolve a multiyear probe by federal prosecutors into allegations it deliberately rigged diesel-powered vehicles to cheat on emissions tests.

The district court here dismissed the charge ...