A US-based Volkswagen executive has been sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 for his role in the diesel emissions scandal.
Oliver Schmidt had admitted conspiring to mislead US regulators and violate clean-air laws as part of the emissions fraud that has cost the German car maker billions.
Schmidt had been charged with 11 felony counts and federal prosecutors said he could have faced a maximum of up to 169 years in prison. As part of his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop most of the counts and Schmidt consented to be deported at the end of his prison sentence.
In March, Volkswagen pleaded guilty to three counts that it installed secret software in millions of vehicles in order to cheat emissions tests.
U.S. prosecutors have charged eight current and former Volkswagen executives. Five of those remain at large.
We said when the scandal first broke that it involved issues of fraud, compliance and both corporate and individual liability. This has proved to be the case as the saga had unfolded.
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