Switzerland had introduced measures against CO2 emissions in 2012. Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal case against a former federal roads office official over an alleged scam to avoid fees on carbon dioxide emissions. The Swiss Attorney General’s office claims that two board members of a vehicle import company paid the official to edit data that calculated emissions. By making it appear as though cars did not emit as much greenhouse gas, they took around 9 million Swiss Francs (€8.15 million) from the government, prosecutors said. The former official of the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) and two board members have been indicted as co-conspirators. The former official has been charged with forging documents, accepting bribes, commercial tax fraud and obtaining a false certificate by fraud. The two other suspects face charges of inciting the same offences. Prosecutors say the official – who worked as a technical case officer for the Road Traffic Division – had received 2,000 Swiss francs in cash each month for manipulating FEDRO’s computer systems. As a result of the plot, the company avoided more than three years’ worth of fees on CO2 emissions between 2014 and 2017, the attorney general’s office said in a statement […]

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