Volkswagen Senior Manager sentenced after guilty plea to conspiracy and fraud

Oliver Schmidt, a former senior manager at Volkswagen AG [corporate website] was sentenced to 84 months in prison and a $400,000 fine on Wednesday after pleading guilty [agreement, PDF] to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to one count of violating the Clean Air Act. Issues arose in 2015 when Volkswagen released diesel operated vehicles that did not comply with EPA standards. Schmidt knew of these issues and worked with other employees to not only allow…

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