The U.S. Department of Justice accuses Volkswagen’s former CEO Martin Winterkorn of complicity in emissions fraud. That’s according to an expanded indictment released Thursday by the court of jurisdiction in Detroit, Mich.

Winterkorn is accused of being part of a conspiracy to violate U.S. environmental laws. The top executive resigned from his post in September 2015, shortly after U.S. authorities uncovered emissions manipulation of numerous diesel cars at Volkswagen. Winterkorn, however, had stressed that he was not aware of any wrongdoing.

Volkswagen had to pay billions in fines because of the scandal in the USA. The image of the diesel engine was also severely damaged by the affair. This crisis continues to this day. The U.S. judicial authorities had previously filed criminal charges against eight current and former Volkswagen employees. Two of them have already been sentenced to several years in prison and large fines.

Exhaust gas fraud: belgians demand compensation

Belgian consumer users insist Volkswagen compensate affected customers over emissions scandal. The consumer organization Test-Aankoop, which filed a lawsuit on behalf of Volkswagen drivers last week, was responding to a warning from VW CEO Matthias Muller that the car company would be overcharged. "To say that there is no euro left for European customers is unbelievable," Test Aankoop spokesman Simon November told Flemish radio station VRT.

Consumer organization stands by its complaint. Volkswagen has deceived its customers for years and must now also bear the consequences, said November: "We do not need to prove that Volkswagen has misled customers, because the carmaker itself has admitted this."The law provides for penalties.

"The sanction for misleading includes that the consumer can keep the car and that Volkswagen has to pay back the purchase price," the spokesman said. "It’s a heavy penalty, we know that, but the law provides for that penalty, so there’s no reason not to demand that."

Volkswagen has scored an important legal success in the U.S. in the emissions scandal. Judge Kathleen Pantle dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state of Illinois for violations of environmental laws on Tuesday (local time). The Cook County Circuit Court’s decision removes significant financial risk for Volkswagen.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan had sought more than $1 billion in damages for more than 19,000 diesel-powered VW vehicles, according to the indictment.000 diesel VWs. The cars were allegedly sold in the state with cheating schemes to manipulate emissions levels.

However, Judge Pantle ruled that because Volkswagen has already reached settlements with numerous U.S. class action lawsuits, there are no additional state-level claims. Other states had previously failed with similar lawsuits on the same grounds.