Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Volkswagen Dieselgate executive jailed for seven years

Volkswagen Dieselgate executive jailed for seven years

But at the sentencing in Detroit judge Sean Cox sided with the prosecution.

VW used sophisticated software to cheat emissions rules on almost 600,000 U.S. vehicles. Schmidt previously pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act and conspiring to defraud the USA government in August for his role in Dieselgate. Judge Cox told Schmidt during the sentencing hearing that he "viewed the cover-up as an opportunity to shine and climb up the corporate ladder".

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.

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Schmidt apologized in court and broke down while detailing what his family had been through since his arrest in January.

Alongside the sentence Schmidt was fined $400,000. The government said he later misled investigators and destroyed key documents.

"I made bad decisions and for that I am sorry", he said. £298,000). Both the imprisonment and fine were at the top end of sentencing guidelines. Schmidt's lawyers argued that his role only heated up in 2015, years after others at VW hatched the scheme, which violated the Clean Air Act.

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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.

Schmidt, who had returned to Germany, was arrested in Florida in January after attempting to return home from a vacation following the filing of an Federal Bureau of Investigation complaint.

Six current or former Volkswagen or Audi executives charged in the United States for the emissions scandal remain at large, including Richard Dorenkamp, Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Jens Hadler and Bernd Gottweis, who were indicted in the same criminal case as Liang and Schmidt.

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