Diesel emissions fraud: Volkswagen exec to plead guilty

Diesel emissions fraud: Volkswagen exec to plead guilty

Diesel emissions fraud: Volkswagen exec to plead guilty

Oliver Schmidt, the head of Volkswagen's US regulatory compliance office from 2014 to 2015, is expected to plead guilty next month for his role in the Dieselgate mess, a court official said on Tuesday.

The US court approved in May the compensation plan of some 600,000 customers of the German manufacturer in the United States who had bought diesel cars equipped with software to defeat anti-pollution tests.

Schmidt is one of many VW employees charged in a scheme to cheat emission rules on almost 600,000 diesel vehicles, but most are in Germany and out of reach of USA authorities.

"A lawyer for Schmidt, David DuMouchel, declined to comment".

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"They set the plea date for 9:30 a.m., August 4", Ashenfelter said. He was charged with 11 felony counts with a potential maximum sentence of 169 years in jail. Schmidt's attorney did not immediately return requests for comment. "U.S. prosecutors have amassed more than 4.3 million documents covering more than 40 million pages in the ongoing probe".

Volkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan declined to discuss Schmidt's case and said the automaker "continues to cooperate with investigations by the Department of Justice into the conduct of individuals".

Volkswagen AG was the first German carmaker which was revealed to have installed illegal software which falsified emissions test results for its Diesel vehicles in 2015. The former VW head has been detained since his arrest earlier in 2017, putting him on the line for his final hearing on early next month.

VW pleaded guilty in March and agreed to pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil penalties, on top of billions more to buy back cars. Others charged are believed to reside in Germany and aren't likely to be extradited to the U.S.to face charges.

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