Police target Daimler offices

The BBC reports that German police have searched 11 offices of vehicle manufacturer Daimler as part of an investigation into possible fraudulent emissions data by employees.

A total of 23 prosecutors and 230 police officers took part in the search in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Berlin, Lower Saxony and Saxony.

Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, said it was co-operating with authorities.

Theo Leggett, BBC Business Correspondent, said, ‘This is worrying news for Daimler. Earlier this year, it admitted that some of its employees were the target of a criminal investigation, suspected of fraud and false advertising linked to the manipulation of diesel exhaust emissions. These searches show that prosecutors are taking that inquiry very seriously indeed.’