Volkswagen executive gets 7 years in prison for emissions scandal

Volkswagen executive gets 7 years in prison for emissions scandal

A federal judge in MI has sentenced a former high-level Volkswagen manager to seven years in prison for his part in the scheme to cheat emissions tests and defraud consumers.

Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty in August to charges he conspired to commit fraud and violate the US Clean Air Act.

Schmidt was the general manager of Volkswagen's U.S. Environment and Engineering office.

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But Judge Sean Cox sided with prosecutors, calling Schmidt a "key conspirator" who viewed the coverup as an opportunity to "shine" and "climb the corporate ladder". 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 United States adopted for 2007, as well as another liaison to U.S. regulators.

Schmidt read a written statement in court acknowledging his guilt and broke down when discussing his family's sacrifices on his behalf since his arrest in January.

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

USA prosecutors have charged 8 current and former Volkswagen executives.

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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.

Five other VW employees remain at large.

Volkswagen rebounded from the scandal during the past year. Liang, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy previous year and has been cooperating with prosecutors, has appealed his sentence.

Defense lawyers had sought a sentence of only 40 months and a $100,000 fine, saying Schmidt's participation in the conspiracy had not occurred until nine years after it began and that he had expressed remorse.

He returned to Germany the same month where he was told about the existence of the software.

Schmidt had been looking to limit his own sentence to 40 months in jail, with court papers filed last week showing Schmidt had said he only learnt about the scheme in the summer of 2015, at the end of the scandal.

Regulators in the United States and Europe are investigating other automakers for potential violations of diesel emissions rules. These allowed vehicles to cheat pollution tests.

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