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Volkswagen Could Face Criminal and Civil Charges in Justice Department Probe

Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Matthias Mueller Speaks To Shareholders At Annual General MeetingVolkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Matthias Mueller Speaks To Shareholders At Annual General Meeting
Volkswagen CEO Matthias MuellerPhoto by Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Volkswagen (VLKAY) and the U.S. Justice Department have held preliminary settlement talks about resolving a criminal probe into the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal, two sources briefed on the matter said.

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Reuters reported in June that a criminal settlement could include a consent decree, an independent monitor overseeing the German automaker’s conduct and significant yet-to-be determined fines for emissions violations.

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The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the fines could top $1.2 billion.