Volkswagen executive gets 7 years in prison for emissions scandal

08 December, 2017, 01:56 | Author: Gladys Mathis
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A maximum seven-year sentence for former Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt closes a long chapter in perhaps the largest and most expensive conspiracy in the global auto industry's history, reports the Detroit News.

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.

Oliver Schmidt, a German national who worked in VW's MI office, was accused of concealing software that the company used to artificially lower levels of harmful nitrous oxides in exhaust emissions. In fact, Schmidt already moved back to Germany, and authorities only got the chance to arrest him when he came back to the USA with his wife for a vacation.

In August, VW engineer James Liang was sentenced to 40 months in prison for his role in helping the German carmaker cheat United States emissions tests. Oliver Schmidt will be sentenced Wednesday in Detroit federal court.

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Alongside the sentence Schmidt was fined $400,000.

In August, the same court sentenced James Liang, a Volkswagen engineer who had cooperated with investigating authorities, to 40 months and a Dollars 200,000 fine for his role in the affair.

Schmidt, as the general manager of Volkswagen's Engineering and Environmental Office in MI, was responsible for the company's relationship with California's regulatory agency and as per the reports, fed federal regulators with incorrect information.

Schmidt, 48, the second and most senior employee to plead guilty in the affair, is among seven current and former VW executives that U.S. prosecutors have charged so far.

Liang and Schmidt are among eight VW executives criminally charged for their alleged roles in the scheme.

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