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Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Senior VW exec jailed for seven years over dieselgate cover-up

Senior VW exec jailed for seven years over dieselgate cover-up

In August, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and to making a false statement under the Clean Air Act.

VW used sophisticated software to cheat emissions rules on almost 600,000 USA vehicles.

The former general manager in charge of Volkswagen's environmental and engineering office has been fined and jailed in the United States, after pleading guilty to helping cover up the firm's diesel emissions scandal.

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. Regrettably, I agreed to follow it. Judge Cox told Schmidt in reply to the same during the sentencing hearing that he "viewed the cover-up as an opportunity to shine and climb up the corporate ladder".

Schmidt apologized in court and broke down while detailing what his family had been through since his arrest in January.

Last week, Schmidt's attorneys made a last-minute bid requesting a lighter sentence for Schmidt: 40 months of supervised release and a $100,000 fine. The prison term and the fine together represent the maximum sentence that Schmidt could have received under the plea deal he signed in August.

The government said he later misled USA investigators and destroyed documents. £298,000). Both the imprisonment and fine were at the top end of sentencing guidelines.

The company was forced to pay a $4.8 billion fine including a $2.8 criminal fine and a $1.5 billion civil fine. "As a outcome of that role, he was literally in the room for important decisions during the height of the criminal scheme".

He is the highest-ranking VW employee to be convicted in the scheme in the USA and the chances that the United States authorities will prosecute more senior VW executives are slim as most are in Germany, which is unlikely to extradite its citizens to stand trial in the US.

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