A senior manager at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been charged for his role in a conspiracy to mislead regulators and the public about vehicle emissions.
Emanuele Palma, 40, an Italian citizen, is charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, to violate the Clean Air Act and to commit wire fraud, as well as six counts of violating the Clean Air Act, four counts of wire fraud, and two counts of making false statements to the FBI and EPA.
Palma is accused of making false and misleading statements about the emissions control software used in more than 100,000 diesel vehicles in order to increase their emissions when they were not running on federal emissions test cycles.
“Cheating government regulators, customers, and the public for increased sales and compensation will be prosecuted by the Department of Justice to the fullest extent of the law,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The indictment unsealed today demonstrates that the Criminal Division is committed to investigating and prosecuting sophisticated criminal schemes and corporate crimes that violate the Clean Air Act and other federal laws.”