Friday, 15 December, 2017

Volkswagen executive jailed for seven years for role in diesel scandal

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Kenny Thornton | 07 December, 2017, 08:05

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

Oscar Schmidt was also fined $US400,000.

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

He had pleaded guilty in August to charges he conspired to commit fraud and violate the US Clean Air Act.

Schmidt has agreed to be deported back to Germany after his sentenced is completed.

"I made bad decisions and for that I am sorry", he said. Chief Executive Matthias Mueller last month predicted record deliveries of vehicles for the company this year, and the Volkswagen auto brand has said it expects record deliveries for 2017, and raised its midterm profitability outlook.

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Along with the seven years in prison, Schmidt was ordered to pay a $400,000 fine.

Instead, Schmidt was sentenced to the maximum penalties outlined in the plea deal. James Liang, a veteran VW engineer, was sentenced to 40 months in prison in August. Although six other VW Group executives have been indicted, none are in U.S. custody.

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.

Per the New York Times, US District Judge Sean Cox told Schmidt, "You are a key conspirator responsible for the cover-up in the United States of a massive fraud perpetuated on the American consumer", at the end of a two-hour-long hearing.

He is one of eight people charged by US authorities in the emissions scandal, which involved installing software in some 500,000 VW 2.0 liter diesel vehicles sold in the USA from 2009 through 2015 to make USA authorities believe that the vehicles met US emissions standards. 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.

Schmidt led VW's engineering and environmental office in MI from 2012 to early 2015.

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