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Emissions scandal: Volkswagen executive sentenced to seven years in prison

Schmidt was fined $400,000. He knew Volkswagen's vehicles weren't compliant with US emissions standards

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Margaret Cronin Fisk & Steven Raphael | Bloomberg 

A Volkswagen AG compliance executive who pleaded guilty in the US for his role in the company’s $30 billion emissions cheating scandal was sentenced to 7 years in prison. Oliver Schmidt (pictured), VW’s compliance liaison with American regulators, pleaded guilty in August to one count of conspiracy to defraud the US and another of violating the Clean Air Act. Federal prosecutors sought the maximum of seven years, while Schmidt asked US District Judge Sean Cox to limit his sentence to 40 months, saying he’d been coached to lie about emissions by his bosses. “I ...

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First Published: Fri, December 08 2017. 02:51 IST