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Seven years in the U.S. for a key Volkswagen executive in the ' Dieselgate '

The German Oliver Schmidt is the second condemned in the North American country for the fraud of the emissions

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Seven years in the U.S. for a key Volkswagen executive in the ' Dieselgate '

Volkswagen's second key executive sentenced in United States to prison for emissions scandal. German Oliver Schmidt, who has already pled guilty to last summer of engine-manipulation fraud to simulate a minor contamination, has been sentenced to seven years in prison. The penalty exceeds 40 months that were imposed in August to James Liang, veteran engineer who participated in development of system that allowed to deceive controls.

Oliver Schmidt, at time of Handout arrest. Reuters

Schmidt, who was in charge of supervising compliance with regulations, cooperated with investigators and hoped for that a conviction similar to that of Liang. But judge denied petition and decides to apply maximum sentence in his case, because he felt that he was directed by his bosses to lie to authorities in United States with false data and destroying evidence, in order to cover up fraud.

In particular, he sentenced him to 60 months ' imprisonment for charge of conspiracy and 24 months for violating Clean Air Act. Sentences will be applied consecutively. In addition, you will have to pay a fine of $400,000, twice what was imposed on Liang. American Justice filed up to date charges against eight VW employees by baptized as DieselGate.

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Schmidt, closest to VW Dome, was arrested last January when he was on vacation in Miami. It was just before reprimand of Department of Justice was known to German group. You were denied parole because of risk of a leak. Of rest of defendants, five are outside of United States and to be tried y should be detained extradited.

The executive started working for VW two decades ago and in 2012 he put himself in front of department that takes relations with environmental protection agencies in USA. Schmidt tried intentionally to mislead supervisors when y detected The first discrepancies in controls. The or arrested is Giovanni Pamio, former Audi manager.

VW secretly installed a computer system that was able to identify when vehicle was being tested for emissions. At that moment controls were activated. Liang and Schmidt formed part of hard core of engineers who designed electronic trap. The fraud, which affected 600,000 vehicles in USA, cost company 30 billion dollars in compensation.


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