Volkswagen executive sentenced to seven years in jail over 'dieselgate'

Volkswagen executive sentenced to seven years in jail over 'dieselgate'

Volkswagen executive sentenced to seven years in jail over 'dieselgate'

Volkswagen senior manager Oliver Schmidt has been sentenced to seven years in a USA prison for concealing software that was used to evade pollution limits on almost 600,000 diesel vehicles.

In August, Oliver Schmidt pled guilty to federal charges of conspiring to defraud the USA and violating the Clean Air Act in connection with Volkswagen's "clean diesel" emissions cheating scandal.

"It is my opinion that you are a key conspirator in this scheme to defraud the United States", US District Judge Sean Cox of Detroit told Schmidt in court.

To view the full article, register now. "You saw this as your opportunity to shine. and climb the corporate ladder at VW".

Last week, Schmidt's attorneys made a last-minute bid requesting a lighter sentence for Schmidt: 40 months of supervised release and a $100,000 fine. They include executives who led engine development as well as the failed efforts to design a diesel engine that would meet the tougher emissions standards the USA adopted for 2007, as well as another liaison to U.S. regulators.

"Every time he chose to lie", Singer said.

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VW's costs so far include settlements of government and customer lawsuits, buybacks and retrofits of affected vehicles, and the criminal plea deal, which included $2.8 billion in criminal fines and $US1.5 billion in civil penalties. Other Volkswagen executives have been charged in this case, but they remain in Germany, out of reach of American authorities. Although six other VW Group executives have been indicted, none are in United States custody.

Volkswagen rebounded from the scandal during the past year. As part of his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop most of the counts and Schmidt consented to be deported at the end of his prison sentence.

The judge sentenced Schmidt to five years in prison for the conspiracy count and a consecutive 24 months on the second count.

Prosecutors disagreed, saying in recommending the maximum jail time that Schmidt stonewalled the regulators, encouraged "key engineers at VW" to destroy documents, and provided false information to federal agents. Schmidt's lawyers argued that his role only heated up in 2015, years after others at VW hatched the scheme, which violated the Clean Air Act.

The auto industry is still feeling the repercussions of Volkswagen's diesel cheating. These allowed vehicles to cheat pollution tests.

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