The Porsche brand seems to be unable to escape corruption. German prosecutors in Stuttgart confirm Tuesday they have raided Porsche offices. The raid comes amid allegations of corruption between the government’s tax office and Porsche officials.
Prosecutors say they are suspicious that an auditor working for the government had been bribed into passing information to the carmaker’s tax advisor. Specifically, officials say there are six Porsche employees, including some in “leadership positions” that have are at risk of being charged with breach of trust.
German news outlet DW also reports that private homes Pforzheim and Karlsruhe were also raided after the authorities discovered that a former member of the Porsche workers’ council received unusually high compensation for their work. Tax official offices were also targeted in the raids.
Thus far Porsche has not commented on the matter other than to confirm the company is cooperating with authorities.
This most recent allegation has no connection to parent company Volkswagen’s broader Dieselgate scandal from 2015. Porsche played a pivotal role in the diesel emissions scandal, ultimately paying $597 million in fines for its part of the deception.