Volkswagen exec gets seven years in prison over emissions scandal

From Engadget - December 7, 2017

According to The New York Times, he's the highest-ranking Volkswagen employee to be convicted, thus far. The other execs involved in the scheme live in the automaker's native country, Germany, which does not typically extradite its citizens outside the European Union. In fact, Schmidt already moved back to Germany, and authorities only got the chance to arrest him when he came back to the US with his wife for a vacation.

As the general manager of Volkswagen's engineering and environmental office in Michigan, Schmidt was responsible for the company's relationship with California's regulatory agency and reportedly fed federal regulators false information. Schmidt tried to downplay his involvement, but admitted that he concealed the existence of the software in at least one meeting with a California Air Resources Board senior official back in 2015.


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