U.S. says Fiat Chrysler senior managers indicted in diesel emissions cheating probe

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The logo of Stellantis, the fourth largest automaker in the world who begins trading in Turin, Italy after Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot firm PSA have finalized their merger, is seen as workers stand on a crane at the main entrance of the FCA Mirafiori plant in Milan and Paris on January 18, 2021. Massimo Pinca: ReUTERS Photo On Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department announced two senior managers of Fiat Chrysler in Italy were indicted in the ongoing probe into diesel emissions cheating at the Italian-American automaker.

In January 2019, Fiat Chrysler agreed to an$ 800 million settlement to resolve the false claims that it used fraudulent software that produced false results on diesel-emission tests in more than 100,000 vehicles.

The criminal investigation into the company, which has since changed its name to Stellantis NV, is pending. In a statement said Stellantis continues to cooperate fully with the Department of Justice, as we have throughout this issue.

Emanuele Palma, 42, of Ferrera, Italy and Gianluca Sabbioni, 55, of Sala Bolognese, Italy, two senior diesel managers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Italy, were indicted in March along with Sergio Pasini, 43, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, who was previously charged.

The new indictment was unsealed Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said Pasini and Sabbioni were not in custody.

Fiat Chrysler was charged in September 2019 with making and causing Palma to make misstatements to the U.S. regulators about diesel engine emission control systems.

Palma, an Italian citizen and auto engineer, is set to go to trial in October.

After September 2015, U.S. officials embarked on a wide-ranging investigation into diesel emissions cheating in the automobile industry, when Volkswagen AG admitted to using secret software to evade emission rules.

In October, the DOJ recognized a new 222 million euro provision to resolve matters related to Fiat Chrysler's ongoing criminal investigation into diesel emissions.

Fiat Chrysler then said settlement talks were underway and it was not clear if an agreement would be reached.

In September, it agreed separately to pay$ 9.5 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that it misled investors over the compliance of emissions regulations.

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