Volkswagen Executive Gets Max Sentence Of 7 Years For Role In Emissions Scandal

A former Volkswagen AG executive received the maximum sentence on Wednesday of seven years in prison and a $400,000 fine for his role in the company’s emissions scandal.

Oliver Schmidt ― a German native who worked in the U.S. as Volkswagen’s top emissions compliance manager ― had pleaded guilty in August to two charges in the case of Volkswagen altering its diesel cars to evade U.S. emission standards, reported The Detroit News. 

One charge was conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and the other was violating the Clean Air Act.

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