Volkswagen Emissions Scandal, Executive Imprisoned for Seven Years

Oliver Schmidt, the Volkswagen official has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment and charged a fine of $400,000. In the month of August, the former Volkswagen manager in Michigan pleaded guilty for his job in the automaker’s emission-cheating scam.

He is presumably the highest-ranked Volkswagen employee to be convicted, as per the reports of The New York Times. The other executives involved in this plot are housed in the automaker’s native country, Germany, which does not generally extradite the citizens on the exterior of the European Union. As per the reports, Schmidt had already moved back to Germany, and authorities only arrested him when he came back to America with his wife for a holiday.

Schmidt, as the general manager of Volkswagen’s Engineering and Environmental Office in Michigan,  was responsible for the company’s relationship with California’s regulatory agency and as per the reports, fed federal regulators with incorrect information. It is being said that he tried to suppress the issue of his involvement, however admitted that he had hidden the existence of the software in a meeting with a California Air-Resources Board’s senior official, long ago in 2015.

In  a letter addressed to Judge Sean F. Cox from the Federal District Court of Detroit, he wrote that “A script, or talking points, I was directed to follow for that meeting was approved by management level supervisors at VW, including a high-ranking in-house lawyer. Regrettably, I agreed to follow it. Judge Cox told Schmidt in reply to the same during the sentencing hearing that he “viewed the cover-up as an opportunity to shine and climb up the corporate ladder.”

Right from the time when Volkswagen’s scheme was exposed, the auto-company had said yes to paying billions to settle the criminal and civil lawsuit in the US. Most of the people actually responsible for the chaos, nonetheless, will most probably find a way to get rid of what they did, as far as they live in their own native country.

Reference- Engadget