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VW executive receives maximum prison sentence for his role in Dieselgate

08 December 2017

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.

Lawyers for a Volkswagen senior manager say his United States prison sentence shouldn't exceed 40 months for his role in the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. In the month of August, the former Volkswagen manager in MI pleaded guilty for his job in the automaker's emission-cheating scam. Regrettably, I agreed to follow it. Judge Cox told Schmidt in reply to the same 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. Schmidt was also ordered to pay a criminal penalty of $400,000, according to a US Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Schmidt will be deported after he serves his sentence.

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The software reduced harmful emissions of nitrogen oxide when the cars were being tested, but on the road, the emissions were well over limits to control pollution.

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

However, Oliver Schmidt, a German national who headed up VW's environmental and engineering office in MI, is only the second person to receive jail time in the USA for his role in the scheme.

It said Schmidt oversaw emissions at the MI office from 2012 to early 2015, and did not disclose the cheat software during a meeting with California regulators in 2015. 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.

VW executive receives maximum prison sentence for his role in Dieselgate