Top Manager of Volkswagen pleaded guilty in diesel scandal

Топ-менеджер Volkswagen признал свою вину в дизельном скандале

Oliver Schmidt faces up to 169 years in prison.

The top Manager of the automaker Volkswagen’s Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty of involvement in the concealment of manipulation with the exhaust gases. It happened today in court in Detroit.

Thanks to the plea, Schmidt has achieved a significant reduction of the potential punishment. Is 169 years imprisonment that he faces in case of evidence of guilt, now 48-year-old top Manager of Volkswagen can be sentenced to deprivation of liberty for a term up to seven years in prison and fined up to 500 thousand dollars. At the same time, now the defendant cannot rely on the acquittal.

The FBI arrested Oliver Schmidt on January 7 in Miami before you attempt the flight to Germany. Since then, he is under arrest. From 2012 to February 2015 Schmidt headed the Department responsible for environmental standards and technical development in Michigan, and then until September 2015, in particular, on technological solutions to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

Earlier it was reported that Volkswagen has achieved with the USA the agreement on the penalty and compensation payments totaling more than $ 18 billion in the framework of the settlement of the scandal around the under-reporting of emissions of diesel engines. However, the U.S. Department of justice does not intend to abandon the prosecution of former managers of the automaker.

As reported Корреспондент.netpreviously, the US announced in international search by five ex-managers of Volkswagen. Germany has refused to extradite them, but now they can’t leave the country, as entered in the database of Interpol and they would face arrest and extradition.

Source: Russian service Deutshe Welle