VW Exec Gets 7 Years In Jail For Role In Emissions Scandal

VW Exec Gets 7 Years In Jail For Role In Emissions Scandal

VW Exec Gets 7 Years In Jail For Role In Emissions Scandal

Oliver Schmidt will be sentenced Wednesday in Detroit federal court.

Schmidt, who oversaw emissions at VW's office in MI from 2012 to early 2015, met with key California regulators in 2015 but did not disclose the rogue software. The German national pleaded guilty.

"In my opinion, you were a key conspirator, responsible for the cover-up in the United States", Cox said.

Defense lawyers had sought a sentence of only 40 months and a Dollars 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.

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.

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In March, Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to three felonies and agreed to pay a $2.8 billion criminal fine. Both the jail term and the fine were at the top end of sentencing guidelines.

The government said he later misled United States investigators and destroyed documents.

Schmidt, who had returned to Germany, was arrested in Florida in January after attempting to return home from a vacation following the filing of an Federal Bureau of Investigation complaint. It is being said that he tried to suppress the issue of his involvement, however admitted that he had hidden the existence of the software in a meeting with a California Air-Resources Board's senior official, long ago in 2015. As VW Group rolled out its massive "clean diesel" marketing campaign appealing to environmentally conscious vehicle buyers, those same cars were actually emitting nitrogen oxide (NOx) many times in excess of the legal limit.

The wider Volkswagen Group has so far paid the US Government $4.3 billion (£3.2bn) in fines for its part in the diesel emissions scandal.

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