• FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2015 file photo Hans Dieter Poetsch, chairman of the board of directors of Volkswagen, speaks during a press conference of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen said in a statement Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, that prosecutors have widened their investigation of the emissions scandal to include the chairman of the company’s board of directors Poetsch. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2015 file photo Hans Dieter Poetsch, chairman of the board of directors of Volkswagen, speaks during a press conference of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen said in a statement Sunday, ... Nov. 6, 2016, that prosecutors have widened their investigation of the emissions scandal to include the chairman of the company’s board of directors Poetsch. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 13, 2014 file photo then Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, left, and then CFO Hans Dieter Poetsch, right, talk prior to the company's annual press conference in Berlin, Germany. Volkswagen said in a statement Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, that prosecutors have widened their investigation of the emissions scandal to include the chairman of the company’s board of directors Poetsch. Prosecutors were already investigating former CEO Winterkorn and another unnamed executive over allegations they didn't inform investors soon enough. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

    FILE - In this March 13, 2014 file photo then Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, left, and then CFO Hans Dieter Poetsch, right, talk prior to the company's annual press conference in Berlin, Germany. Volkswagen said in a statement Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016,... that prosecutors have widened their investigation of the emissions scandal to include the chairman of the company’s board of directors Poetsch. Prosecutors were already investigating former CEO Winterkorn and another unnamed executive over allegations they didn't inform investors soon enough. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file) (The Associated Press)

Germany expands diesel probe to include VW board chairman

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Volkswagen says German prosecutors have widened their investigation of the emissions scandal to include the chairman of the company's board of directors.

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Hans Dieter Poetsch was VW's chief financial officer when the company's scandal over cars rigged to cheat on U.S. diesel emissions tests broke in September 2015.

Volkswagen said in a statement Sunday that prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig are now investigating three members of the board including Poetsch.

Prosecutors were already investigating former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and VW brand chief Herbert Diess over allegations they didn't inform investors soon enough.

VW said "based on careful examination by internal and external legal experts," the company reaffirms its belief that board members fulfilled their disclosure obligation under Germany's capital markets law.

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This version corrects the number of VW board members being investigated to three.