Volkswagen pleads guilty to diesel cheating, as if it had a choice
27 July, 2017, 18:29 | Author: Gladys Mathis
Lawyers for the German national, who has been detained since the beginning of the year, have told judge Sean Cox that their client will plead guilty in an August 4 hearing, a court spokesman said in Detroit.
The Volkswagen AG exec arrested a year ago for his part in VW's diesel emissions fraud, Oliver Schmidt, will be pleading guilty on August 4 in US District Court in Detroit.
"A lawyer for Schmidt, David DuMouchel, declined to comment".
It'll be interesting to see what kind of sentence Schmidt gets with his plea deal, especially since he's likely to be the only Volkswagen exec that ends up facing justice in the US.
It was also revealed that he was well aware "the reason for the discrepancy was that VW had intentionally installed software in the diesel vehicles it sold in the United States from 2009 through 2015 created to detect and cheat US emissions tests". It is unclear to which charges he will plead guilty.
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Mr. Schmidt is one of eight individuals charged in the U.S.in Volkswagen's emissions cheating. He's been in custody since January when he was arrested while on vacation in Miami before he could return to Germany.
To clarify the reference to "hiding out", the government of Germany typically doesn't extradite its citizens to face charges in other countries.
Schmidt is accused of knowingly providing the Environmental Protection Agency with false information about engine computers in Volkswagen's diesel vehicles, which investigations found were purposefully programmed to hide unlawful emissions performance. The full terms of his plea bargain are not yet known.
It's been almost two years since news of Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating first broke, and the months since have been filled with recalls, buybacks, and lots and lots of money flying out of the company's bank account and into the pockets of affected customers.
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