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German prosecutor probes Daimler employees for possible fraud

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German prosecutors have widened their investigation into the emissions testing scandal that has engulfed Volkswagen to include a fraud probe of employees at the carmaker Daimler.

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"We are investigating known and unknown Daimler employees on suspicion of fraud and misleading advertising," said a spokesman for prosecutors.

Daimler said they were in contact with prosecutors and other authorities in Stuttgart in the south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg near to the carmaker‘s headquarters.

The probe adds to the extensive list of investigations into the scandal, which was triggered in September 2015 when VW admitted that it had cheated on emission tests on more than 11 million diesel vehicles round the world.

U.S. Department of Justice called on Daimler last year to launch an internal investigation into whether the emissions scandal impacted on its operations in the United States.

However, German motor transport authorities said last year that they had not established any breach of existing laws in the emissions measurements also carried out last year.

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