Volkswagen manager gets seven-year sentence for dieselgate role

Broward County Sheriff's Office shows German Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt. Prosecutors are seeking a seven-year prison sentence for Schmidt a Volkswagen senior manager who pleaded guilty in the

In a letter addressed to Judge Sean F. Cox from the Federal District Court of Detroit, he wrote that "A script, or talking points, I was directed to follow for that meeting was approved by management level supervisors at VW, including a high-ranking in-house lawyer".

In August, VW engineer James Liang was sentenced to 40 months in prison for his role in helping the German carmaker cheat U.S. emissions tests. The German national pleaded guilty.

"It is my opinion that you are a key conspirator in this scheme to defraud the United States". "You saw this as your opportunity to shine ... and climb the corporate ladder at VW".

Schmidt apologized in court and broke down while detailing what his family had been through since his arrest in January.

"I made bad decisions and for that I am sorry", he said.

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The wider Volkswagen Group has so far paid the US Government $4.3 billion (£3.2bn) in fines for its part in the diesel emissions scandal.

Defense lawyers had sought a sentence of only 40 months and a Dollars 100,000 fine, saying Schmidt's participation in the conspiracy had not occurred until nine years after it began and that he had expressed remorse. £298,000). Both the imprisonment and fine were at the top end of sentencing guidelines.

Schmidt's lawyers argued that his role only heated up in 2015, years after others at VW hatched the scheme.

In March, Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to three felonies and agreed to pay a $2.8 billion criminal fine. "As a effect of that role, he was literally in the room for important decisions during the height of the criminal scheme".

Schmidt, 48, the second and most senior employee to plead guilty in the affair, is among seven current and former VW executives that U.S. prosecutors have charged so far.

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