Volkswagen executive sentenced to seven years in jail over 'dieselgate'

08 December, 2017, 02:07 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
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A U.S. based Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt who pleaded guilty for his role in the Volkswagen emission scandal, has been sentenced to seven years in prison by a MI federal court.

In August, Oliver Schmidt pled guilty to federal charges of conspiring to defraud the US and violating the Clean Air Act in connection with Volkswagen's "clean diesel" emissions cheating scandal. Schmidt previously pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act and conspiring to defraud the USA government in August for his role in Dieselgate.

In a letter addressed to Judge Sean F. Cox from the Federal District Court of Detroit, he wrote that "A script, or talking points, I was directed to follow for that meeting was approved by management level supervisors at VW, including a high-ranking in-house lawyer". Judge Cox told Schmidt during the sentencing hearing that he "viewed the cover-up as an opportunity to shine and climb up the corporate ladder".

"I made bad decisions and for that I am sorry", he said.

German citizen Oliver Schmidt was sentenced on Wednesday.

Alongside the sentence Schmidt was fined $400,000.




Schmidt said he had only himself to blame and that his loyalty to Volkswagen allowed him to be "misused" by the company.

Volkswagen auto engineer James Liang was sentenced in August to 40 months in prison and fined $200,000 for his role in the scandal.

Instead, Schmidt was sentenced to the maximum penalties outlined in the plea deal. They installed hidden software to hide that many of their cars weren't meeting emissions standards.

VW used sophisticated software to cheat emissions rules on almost 600,000 USA vehicles and 100,000 in Canada.

Schmidt ran Volkswagen's US engineering and environmental office from 2012 through early 2015 and was responsible for obtaining regulatory approval for vehicles sold in the United States.

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