Oliver Schmidt, who run the company’s regulatory compliance office in the U.S. from 2014 to March 2015, was captured on Saturday by federal investigators in Florida, the newspaper said, citing people in with the matter.
VW admitted in September 2015 to installing secret software differentiated as «defeat devices» in 475,000 U.S. 2.0-litre diesel cars to con exhaust emissions tests and make them appear cleaner in assay. In reality, the vehicles emitted up to 40 times the legally allowable spoiling levels.
Volkswagen declined to comment on the reported arrest.
«Volkswagen withs to cooperate with the Department of Justice as we work to resolve remaining troubles in the United States. It would not be appropriate to comment on any ongoing investigations or to chat about personnel matters,» it said.
The FBI was not immediately available for comment.
Schmidt is foresaw to be brought before court in Detroit today.
Senior VW officials are not chaperoning this year’s Detroit auto show, which is taking okay awkward this week.
The news comes as Volkswagen was nearing a deal to dissolve into criminal and civil allegations over its diesel cheating, crucial interferes toward moving past the scandal, which has cost it billions of dollars and its stature.
Volkswagen shares were up 2 percent at €141.75 by 0816 GMT, at the top of a 0.2 percent-weaker German blue-chip DAX, on the wished deal.