Dieselgate: senior exec Volkswagen US jailed for seven years
A Detroit judge has convicted ex Volkswagen US executive Oliver Schmidt to seven years imprisonment and a fine of 400.000 dollar for his role in the dieselgate affaire. Schmidt, who pleaded guilty to get a lesser punishment, was in charge of VW’s environmental and engineering office in Michigan in 2014-2015.
The court found him guilty in contributing to the scandal by concealing the existence of cheating software to manipulate emission values during laboratory testing. From the seven years imprisonment, five are for conspiracy and fraud, two for infringement of environmental laws.
The German executive was informed of the existence of the cheating software in spring 2014, but refrained to reveal it during discussions with other VW employees on how to respond to questions by the American authorities in summer 2015, according to the court.
Arrested in January
Schmidt, who was arrested in January after returning from a holiday in Florida, pleaded guilty hoping to reduce his sentence to a maximum of three years imprisonment and a 100.000 dollar fine. But apparently the judge didn’t fell in with the idea.
Seven VW employees charged
In total already seven managers and engineers of Volkswagen are being charged by justice in the US for the dieselgate scandal, that affected cars with 2 and 3 litre diesel engines.
VW already paid 22 billion dollar for repairing or taking back some 600.000 cars and compensate the owners. The car maker has provisioned an extra 2,5 billion dollar in the third quarter for further recalls.
In August, ex engineer James Lang was convicted to 40 months of imprisonment for his role in the dieselgate affaire. It was Lang who talked his colleagues to the gallows, among which Schmidt.