WASHINGTON, D.C.: A U.S. court on Wednesday sentenced former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt to seven years in prison for his role in the German automaker's "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal.
Schmidt, 48, also was fined $400,000 in federal court for his role in the automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal. Schmidt previously pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act and conspiring to defraud the U.S. government in August for his role in Dieselgate. He received the maximum possible sentence: Five years for the conspiracy charge and 24 months on the second count.
"I made bad decisions and for that I am sorry", he said.
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.
Judge Cox earlier this year sentenced Volkswagen Engineer James Liang to 40-months in prison.
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A senior Volkswagen executive was sentenced to seven years in a prison by a United States court on Wednesday after being found guilty of concealing software used to evade pollution limits on almost 600,000 diesel vehicles. They installed hidden software to hide that many of their cars weren't meeting emissions standards.
He was the head of the company's U.S. engineering and environmental office in MI from 2012 to 2015, and was in charge of the American arm's emissions testing regime.
According to a DOJ press release published today, "Schmidt knew that VW's diesel vehicles were not compliant with USA standards and regulations and that these representations made to domestic customers were false".
Schmidt, as the general manager of Volkswagen's Engineering and Environmental Office in MI, was responsible for the company's relationship with California's regulatory agency and as per the reports, fed federal regulators with incorrect information.