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Volkswagen AG sentenced in emissions-cheating scandal

Jaclyn Jaeger | April 21, 2017

A federal court in Detroit today sentenced Volkswagen AG in connection with conspiracy to cheat U.S. emissions tests. During the sentencing hearing, the court accepted the parties’ plea agreement, which requires VW to pay a $2.8 billion penalty stemming from the company’s decade-long scheme to sell diesel vehicles containing software designed to cheat U.S. emissions tests.

U.S. District Judge Sean Cox of the Eastern District of Michigan accepted the plea agreement, resulting in VW’s conviction on three felony charges: (1) conspiracy to defraud the United States, engage in wire fraud, and violate the Clean Air Act; (2) obstruction of justice; and (3) importation of merchandise by means of false statements.

VW was convicted, first, of participating in a conspiracy to defraud the United States and its U.S. customers and to violate the Clean Air Act by lying...

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