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Ex-Volkswagen executive gets 7 years in emissions cheating case

Jaclyn Jaeger | December 7, 2017

Oliver Schmidt, the former general manager of Volkswagen AG’s U.S. Environment and Engineering Office, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the company’s long-running emissions cheating scandal.

Schmidt, a citizen and resident of Germany, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sean Cox of the Eastern District of Michigan. Schmidt was also ordered to pay a criminal penalty of $400,000. Schmidt pleaded guilty on Aug. 4 to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, to commit wire fraud and to violate the Clean Air Act, and to one count of violating the Clean Air Act. 

“Upon learning of Volkswagen’s massive scheme to defraud and mislead U.S. consumers and regulators, Oliver Schmidt chose to join the conspiracy and deceive U.S. regulators,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan.  “This case, along with the prior prosecution of the company and another Volkswagen engineer, further demonstrate the Criminal Division’s unwavering...

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