Volkswagen senior manager faces prison for United States emissions scandal

Volkswagen senior manager faces prison for United States emissions scandal

A maximum seven-year sentence for former Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt closes a long chapter in perhaps the largest and most expensive conspiracy in the global auto industry's history, reports the Detroit News.

Cox said Schmidt knew Volkswagen's vehicles weren't compliant with USA emissions standards and sentenced him to consecutively serve 60 months in prison for the first count and 24 months for the second count in addition to fining him $400,000.

The first was a company engineer, James Liang, who was handed only a 40-month jail term in August for conspiracy to defraud the United States government and violating the clean air act.

But at the sentencing in Detroit judge Sean Cox sided with the prosecution. "You saw this as your opportunity to shine. and climb the corporate ladder at VW".

"I made bad decisions and for that I am sorry", he said.

German Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt.

Alongside the sentence Schmidt was fined $400,000. Schmidt also wrote a letter to the judge, which surfaced over the weekend, in which the executive said he felt "misused" by his own company and claimed that higher-ranked VW executives coached him on a script to help him lie to a California Air Resources Board (CARB) official. The first employee, former engineer James Laing, was sentenced to 40 months in prison and a $200,000 fine, in August.

Schmidt will be deported after he serves his sentence.

It said Schmidt oversaw emissions at the MI office from 2012 to early 2015, and did not disclose the cheat software during a meeting with California regulators in 2015. They installed hidden software to hide that many of their cars weren't meeting emissions standards.

Schmidt ran Volkswagen's USA engineering and environmental office from 2012 through early 2015 and was responsible for obtaining regulatory approval for vehicles sold in the United States.

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