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Ex-VW engineer sentenced to 40-month prison term in 'dieselgate' scandal

63-yr-old James Liang had earlier pleaded guilty to misleading regulators in the case

Reuters  |  Wahington/Detroit 

A federal judge in Detroit sentenced former engineer James Liang to 40 months in prison on Friday for his role in Volkswagen AG's multiyear scheme to sell diesel cars that generated more pollution than US clean air rules allowed. US District Court Judge Sean Cox also ordered Liang to pay a $200,000 fine, 10 times the amount sought by federal prosecutors. Cox said he hoped the prison sentence and fine would deter other auto industry engineers and executives from similar schemes to deceive regulators and consumers. Liang was part of a long-term conspiracy that perpetrated a ...

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First Published: Fri, August 25 2017. 22:43 IST