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Volkswagen to pay $2.8 billion in US diesel emission scandal

AP  |  Detroit 

has been ordered to pay a USD 2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests.

Federal Judge Sean Cox in Detroit followed the deal negotiated by VW and the US Justice Department. The sentence was ordered today, six weeks after the German automaker pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

VW admits that nearly 600,000 diesel cars in the US were programmed to turn on pollution controls during testing and off while on the road.

VW attorney Jason Weinstein says the criminal fine is an "appropriate and serious sanction."

Separately, VW is paying USD 1.5 billion in a civil case brought by the and spending USD 11 billion to buy back cars and offer other compensation. Seven employees have also been charged.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 20:42 IST