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Back in the summer of 2005 the headlines of international magazines and newspapers were peppered with a scandal that included bribery, sex, and corruption. No, Dallas wasn't making a comeback, it was automotive giant VW and the scandal involved 2.5 million dollars in payoffs to VW Works' Council Chief Klaus Volkert and another $500k to Volkert's Brazilian lover. Those payments were used between 1994 and 2005 to bankroll sexcapades and lavish trips to Brazil and Lisbon.

In the first of four trials linked to the elaborate scandal, former Chief of Personnel Peter Hartz has confessed to paying the bribes and will receive a suspended two year sentence and a $750,000 fine. Hartz insists he acted alone in arranging the trips, yet the VW management trials will continue later this year. We're sure VW executives can't wait for all of this negative press to end. Maybe a trip to South America will help to ease the pain. We kid.

[Source: Business Week]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      If only Ford coulda bribed a couple Union Leaders, they'd be in much better shape today.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No surprise here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, add another quality issue to VW. Ethics.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It seems the Union is no better then any other. Then you get comments like Drew in the first post, who dosen't see American corporations doing the same. This stuff happens everywhere and only the media cares, as posted in the third post by AM.
      I am surprised "Drew" would make a post that everyone else can see.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You just gotta love these Third-Reich founded companies...they really started it all didn't they? Profits over reliability, ethics, and morality - these things are nothing new for a company built on the bones of forced laborers and concentration camp victims. It all just comes so EASY to them. I bet corporate america just goes to sleep dreaming like they could be this evil.
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