Oliver Schmidt jailed for seven years for Volkswagen emissions scam

Judge sentences Volkswagen executive to 7 years in prison, plus a fine

Sean Cox, the same District Court gave the sentencing.

VW admitted in 2015 to equipping about 11 million cars worldwide with defeat devices, including about 600,000 vehicles in the United States, which allowed them to deceive emissions tests but emit up to 40 times the permissible levels of harmful nitrogen oxide during actual driving. In August, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and to making a false statement under the Clean Air Act. 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".

Along with the seven years in prison, Schmidt was ordered to pay a $400,000 fine. The government said he later misled investigators and destroyed key documents. Both the jail term and the fine were at the top end of sentencing guidelines. But his lawyers point out that he wasn't involved when the scheme was hatched years earlier by the company.

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In March, VW brought an end to Washington's criminal pursuit of the company, agreeing to pay Dollars 4.3 billion in civil and criminal fines and plead guilty to charges it likewise had defrauded the United States and violated the Clean Air Act. He's charged in a federal criminal complaint for his alleged role in the emissions scandal.

Schmidt, a German citizen who lived in Detroit as an emissions compliance executive for VW, was arrested in Miami on vacation last January.

United States prosecutors have charged eight former and current Volkswagen employees in relation to the Dieselgate scandal.

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