Volkswagen Dieselgate executive jailed for seven years

Broward County Sheriff's Office on 04 August 2017 shows a booking

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. He had pleaded guilty in August to charges he conspired to commit fraud and violate the US Clean Air Act. He said he considered Schmidt a "key conspirator", who viewed the cover up as an opportunity to "shine" and "climb the corporate ladder".

Schmidt read a written statement in court acknowledging his guilt and broke down when discussing his family's sacrifices on his behalf since his arrest in January.

Defense lawyers had sought a sentence of only 40 months and a United States dollars 100,000 fine, saying Schmidt's participation in the conspiracy had not occurred until nine years after it began and that he had expressed remorse. The government says he later misled US investigators and destroyed documents.

Schmidt pleaded guilty to his part in the coverup, but argued that VW had "misused" him.

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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.

Schmidt traveled to the USA as the scandal was breaking on a mission to lie to U.S. and Californian authorities so Volkswagen could obtain regulatory approvals to sell 2016 model year diesel vehicles in the United States, according to prosecutors.

Federal officials told the court: "The defendant has a leadership role within VW". £298,000). Both the imprisonment and fine were at the top end of sentencing guidelines.

United States prosecutors have charged eight former and current Volkswagen employees in relation to the Dieselgate scandal. He's charged in a federal criminal complaint for his alleged role in the emissions scandal.

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