Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

VW Executive Gets Maximum Sentence for Role in Diesel-Emissions Scandal

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Kenneth Drake | 08 December, 2017, 02:09

Former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, who was in charge of the company's United States environmental and engineering office has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the Dieselgate scandal that rocked the company.

The former general manager in charge of Volkswagen's environmental and engineering office has been fined and jailed in the USA, after pleading guilty to helping cover up the firm's diesel emissions scandal.

Oliver Schmidt, a German national who was the general manager in charge of VW's environmental and engineering office in MI, had pleaded guilty to his part in the cover-up and argued he was "misused" by VW in its attempts to circumvent United States emissions tests.

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. The prison term and the fine together represent the maximum sentence that Schmidt could have received under the plea deal he signed in August.


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.

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.

Right from the time when Volkswagen's scheme was exposed, the auto-company had said yes to paying billions to settle the criminal and civil lawsuit in the US.

In Dieselgate, VW was found to have been cheating the emissions tests. The first employee, former engineer James Laing, was sentenced to 40 months in prison and a $200,000 fine, in August. That summer, A CARB official asked to speak to Schmidt about a discrepancy between VW's emissions numbers from lab testing and real-world emissions numbers from researchers at West Virginia University. U.S. District Judge Sean Cox sentenced the former general manager of VW's environmental and engineering office in the.

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