Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal, Executive Imprisoned for Seven Years

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal, Executive Imprisoned for Seven Years

He received the maximum possible sentence: Five years for the conspiracy charge and 24 months on the second count.

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

Oliver Schmidt, a German national who worked in VW's MI office, was accused of concealing software that the company used to artificially lower levels of harmful nitrous oxides in exhaust emissions.

When Schmidt was arrested at the beginning of the year during a business trip to the US, he was charged on 11 felony counts, which at their worst could have seen him languish in detention for up to 169 years.

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.

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Schmidt will be deported after he serves his sentence. The first employee, former engineer James Laing, was sentenced to 40 months in prison and a $200,000 fine, in August. Although six other VW Group executives have been indicted, none are in USA custody.

A former Volkswagen executive has been sentenced to seven years in jail and given a $400,000 (£300,000) fine after pleading guilty to helping the German carmaker cheat on diesel emissions tests. They installed hidden software to hide that many of their cars weren't meeting emissions standards. As VW Group rolled out its massive "clean diesel" marketing campaign appealing to environmentally conscious vehicle buyers, those same cars were actually emitting nitrogen oxide (NOx) many times in excess of the legal limit.

VW used sophisticated software to cheat emissions rules on almost 600,000 United States vehicles.

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.

A senior Volkswagen executive was sentenced to seven years in a prison by a USA court on Wednesday after being found guilty of concealing software used to evade pollution limits on almost 600,000 diesel vehicles.

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