Executive Pleads Guilty In VW Dieselgate Scandal

Broward County Sheriff's Office shows German Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt. A court spokesman in Detroit said Tuesday

Oliver Schmidt, the head of Volkswagen's US regulatory compliance office from 2014 to 2015, will reportedly plead guilty to his part in the emissions cheating crime and face up to 169 years in prison, according to Automotive News.

A federal court said Tuesday that Oliver Schmidt will plead guilty to some of the three charges against him, the Detroit News reports. Mr. Schmidt is the second to plead guilty after James Liang, an engineer based from 1983 to 2008 in Wolfsburg, the headquarters of VW in Germany, where he worked in the department in charge of diesel development.

A lawyer for Mr. Schmidt declined to comment. The terms of Schmidt's plea agreement are not clear at the moment.

VW pleaded guilty in March and agreed to pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil penalties, on top of billions more to buy back cars.




It would stand to reason that Schmidt's deal probably involves providing testimony relating to the 7 other Volkswagen execs that have been charged as part of the investigation into the Volkswagen diesel emissions fraud scandal. Schmidt is one of eight current and former executives charged in the USA emissions probe. When heading Volkswagen's environment and engineering office in MI from 2012 to early 2015, he liaised with US and California regulators on compliance matters.

Most of the Volkswagen executives charged are in Germany and may not travel to the United States since Germany typically does not extradite its citizens.

It's been almost two years since news of Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating first broke, and the months since have been filled with recalls, buybacks, and lots and lots of money flying out of the company's bank account and into the pockets of affected customers.

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