Volkswagen Emissions Scandal, Executive Imprisoned for Seven Years

VW Executive Gets 7 Years In Prison In Emissions Cheating Scandal

A German national drew the maximum penalty under a plea bargain that had the US -based Volkswagen executive sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a diesel-emissions scandal, according to multiple reports.

The former general manager in charge of Volkswagen's environmental and engineering office has been fined and jailed in the United States, after pleading guilty to helping cover up the firm's diesel emissions scandal. "You saw this as your opportunity to shine. and climb the corporate ladder at VW".

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. Schmidt was also ordered to pay a criminal penalty of $400,000, according to a US Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Schmidt said he had only himself to blame and that his loyalty to Volkswagen allowed him to be "misused" by the company. Only one other VW employee has been sentenced in connection with the emissions scandal: former engineer James Liang, who received 40 months in prison and two years of supervised release as the result of his plea deal. They installed hidden software to hide that many of their cars weren't meeting emissions standards.

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Germany's largest automaker is recovering from the emissions crisis that prompted its then-CEO, Martin Winterkorn, to resign in September of 2015 after nearly a decade at the company's helm.

The "dieselgate" scandal has cost Volkswagen as much as $30bn in fines, buybacks and settlements since 2015 when it admitted fitting 11m diesel vehicles worldwide with so-called defeat devices to suppress emissions of nitrogen oxide during tests.

In August, VW engineer James Liang was sentenced to 40 months in prison for his role in helping the German carmaker cheat United States emissions tests.

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