A federal court in the United States has sentenced former Volkswagen (VW) executive Oliver Schmidt to jail and fine for his role in the German automaker’s emissions cheating scandal or “Dieselgate”.
The scandal started in September 2015 when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a violation notice to the German automaker for not complying with the US Clean Air Act.
Schmidt, who led VW’s US regulatory compliance office at the time, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and the Detroit federal court sentenced him to seven years in jail and a $400,000 fine.
Prosecutors dropped other charges against him which carried a maximum prison sentence of 20 years in exchange for his guilty plea.
Schmidt will be deported back to Germany after the completion of his prison sentence. He is the second and most senior VW employee to plead guilty in the charges.
In August, the same court sentenced James Liang, a VW engineer who had…