Oliver Schmidt

The noose tightens around VW in Dieselgate scandal

Oliver Schmidt will stay behind bars for seven years. Source: Handelsblatt montage.

Another senior Volkswagen executive has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term in the United States as part of the long, drawn out scandal over the company’s cheating on diesel exhaust emissions testing.

Oliver Schmidt, 48, who plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud, and violations of the Clean Air Act, was sentenced to seven years in prison by Federal Judge Sean Cox in Detroit, who also fined him $400,000. It was the maximum sentence allowed under the plea deal he reached with prosecutors.

Mr. Schmidt, who has been in jail since his arrest in Miami in January, formerly headed the VW environment and engineering office in Dearborn Hills, Michigan and was responsible for communicating with US officials on VW’s compliance with clean air laws. He will be given credit for time served.

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