Dec 6, 2017

Ex Volkswagen executive jailed in US amid diesel scandal

Oliver Schmidt, 48, is the second person to receive jail time in the US over the diesel emissions scandal. Volkswagen first admitted in September 2015 that it had used illegal software to cheat US emissions tests. US prosecutors say Volkswagen installed special software in certain diesel vehicles that allowed them to perform better during emissions tests than they did under normal driving conditions. Michigan-based US District Judge Sean Cox sentenced Mr Schmidt to the maximum sentence proposed by prosecutors, who had already dropped some charges against Mr Schmidt in exchange for the guilty plea in August. Mr Schmidt, a German national, is one of eight current and former VW officials charged in the US in the diesel emissions scandal.

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