Volkswagen senior manager faces prison for United States emissions scandal

Volkswagen senior manager faces prison for United States emissions scandal

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.

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.

He pleaded guilty in August to conspiring to defraud the United States and violating the Clean Air Act and faced a maximum possible sentence of seven years in prison and a fine ranging from $40,000 to $400,000.

Defense lawyers had sought a sentence of only 40 months and a $100,000 fine, saying Schmidt's participation in the conspiracy had not occurred until nine years after it began and that he had expressed remorse.

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

Lawyers spent roughly 90 minutes giving different views about Schmidt's culpability in the scandal in Detroit federal court on Wednesday.

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Instead, Schmidt was sentenced to the maximum penalties outlined in the plea deal. But he didn't disclose rogue software that had long fooled authorities into believing that VW was meeting emissions rules on almost 600,000 vehicles. He received four months more than prosecutors recommended. Although six other VW Group executives have been indicted, none are in USA custody.

The software reduced harmful emissions of nitrogen oxide when the cars were being tested, but on the road, the emissions were well over limits to control pollution. The plan was hatched in 2006, and the vehicles were marketed as "clean diesel".

Schmidt traveled to the USA as the scandal was breaking on a mission to lie to U.S. and Californian authorities so Volkswagen could obtain regulatory approvals to sell 2016 model year diesel vehicles in the United States, according to prosecutors.

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".

U.S. District Judge Sean Cox sentenced the former general manager of VW's environmental and engineering office in the.

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