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Bayern Munich board member, Martin Winterkorn, has been indicted in the United States.

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AUGSBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Martin Winterkorn looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and FC Bayern Muenchen at WWK-Arena on April 7, 2018 in Augsburg, Germany.
Martin Winterkorn watches Bayern Munich play Augsburg, April 7, 2018.
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Former Volkswagen CEO and current Bayern Munich board member, Martin Winterkorn, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the United States. ESPN report that Winterkorn has been charged with three counts of wire fraud and one of conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act.

Stemming from the emissions scandal in 2015, the former Volkswagen CEO faces the prospect of 25 years in prison and a fine of €275,000. However, due to the Germany’s laws regarding extradition, Winterkorn remains in relative safety in his home country.

A member of Bayern Munich’s supervisory board, Winterkorn has previously received praised from current Bayern President, Uli Hoeneß. In an interview with Manager Magazin in May 2017, Hoeneß stated that “Martin Winterkorn is a great person and a personal friend of mine. The Bayern president furthermore stated that Winterkorn “is elected until 2018 and will fulfill his mandate.”

It remains to be seen how the charges in the United States will affect Winterkorn’s role with Bayern Munich. The football club has yet to release a statement regarding the situation.