Volkswagen senior manager faces prison for U.S. emissions scandal

Volkswagen senior manager faces prison for U.S. emissions scandal

Volkswagen senior manager faces prison for U.S. emissions scandal

WASHINGTON, D.C.: A United States court on Wednesday sentenced former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt to seven years in prison for his role in the German automaker's "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal.

Lawyers spent roughly 90 minutes, on Wednesday in federal court in Detroit, giving different views about Oliver Schmidt's culpability in the scandal.

Oliver Schmidt, a German national who worked in VW's MI office, was accused of concealing software that the company used to artificially lower levels of harmful nitrous oxides in exhaust emissions.

"I made bad decisions and for that I am sorry", he said.

Oliver Schmidt is the second VW employee to be sentences in the United States for their role in Dieselgate scandal.

Along with the seven years in prison, Schmidt was ordered to pay a $400,000 fine.

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Schmidt said he had only himself to blame and that his loyalty to Volkswagen allowed him to be "misused" by the company.

Instead, Schmidt was sentenced to the maximum penalties outlined in the plea deal.

Judge Cox earlier this year sentenced Volkswagen Engineer James Liang to 40-months in prison.

It said Schmidt oversaw emissions at the MI office from 2012 to early 2015, and did not disclose the cheat software during a meeting with California regulators in 2015. It was found the cars emitted far beyond legal levels of the harmful gases when underway on public roads.

Schmidt, as the general manager of Volkswagen's Engineering and Environmental Office in MI, was responsible for the company's relationship with California's regulatory agency and as per the reports, fed federal regulators with incorrect information.

Schmidt first learned about the company's emissions-testing evasion scheme in the summer of 2015.

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