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Volkswagen executive pleads guilty in U.S. in diesel emissions scandal

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Oliver Schmidt has been in a Michigan jail since January

Thomson Reuters
Posted: Aug 04, 2017 10:30 AM ET
Last Updated: Aug 04, 2017 10:31 AM ET

Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit in a diesel emissions scandal involving the German automaker.

Under a plea agreement, Schmidt is expected to face up to seven years in prison and a fine of between $40,000 and $400,000 US after admitting to conspiring to mislead U.S regulators and violating clean air laws.

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to U.S. charges related to the diesel emissions scandal. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office via Associated Press)

In March, Volkswagen pleaded guilty to three felony counts under a plea agreement to resolve U.S. charges it installed secret software in vehicles to evade emissions tests and agreed to spend up to $25 billion to resolve various claims.

Schmidt, former manager of a VW engineering office in suburban Detroit, has been in custody in Michigan since January when he was arrested while on vacation in Miami. 

Schmidt is one of many VW employees charged in a scheme to cheat emission rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles, but most are in Germany and out of reach of U.S. authorities.

With files from Associated Press

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