Dieselgate: the former executive of Volkswagen jailed for seven years

The former executive of Volkswagen’s Oliver Schmidt has been sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine of $400,000 (£299,000) by a District Court of the U.S. for his role in the dieselgate scandal.

Schmidt was of the emissions of the enterprise compliance manager to the united States from 2012 until February of 2015. He had returned to Germany, but was arrested at an airport in Florida in January returned from a holday. In August, he pleaded guilty to two charges related to the issuance of scandal: conspiracy to defraud the united States, to commit wire fraud and to violate the Clean Air Act; and violating the Clean Air Act. A third charge, in relation to fraud, has been dropped.

Schmidt’s defense attorney has called for a maximum sentence of 40 months, with a $100,000 fine. But in the eastern District of Michigan, u.s. District Court, federal judge Sean Cox said Schmidt: “my opinion is that they are one of the key co-conspirator in this scheme to defraud the united States. You saw this as your opportunity to shine.” Both the seven-year sentence and fine were at the high end of the sentencing guidelines.

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According to The Detroit News, in a letter to Cox ahead of the statement, Schmidt wrote: “I am truly ashamed/embarrassed to be standing in front of you.” He added that he believed that he had been “ill used by my own company in the diesel scandal”.

When he entered his guilty plea, Schmidt said he learned in the summer of 2015 about the defeat of the devices’ Volkswagen had installed in diesel vehicles, which allowed them to pass laboratory testing of emissions, and that he had failed to disclose the existence of such devices.

Schmidt is the second Volkswagen employee to be sentenced to prison terms in the united states for his role in the scandal. In August, James Liang, VW’s former head of diesel competition, was sentenced to 40 months in prison and a fine of 200,000 dollars (£155,000).

Volkswagen AG is pleased guilty in March to three criminal charges related to the scandal, receiving a $2.8 million (£2.1 million) fine and three years probation.

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