Dieselgate: Volkswagen official pleads guilty in US

Lucy Hill
July 27, 2017

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Mr. Schmidt in January at Miami International Airport before he boarded a flight to Germany. Schmidt is one of eight current and former executives charged in the US emissions probe.

A federal court said Tuesday that Oliver Schmidt will plead guilty to some of the three charges against him, the Detroit News reports.

"A lawyer for Schmidt, David DuMouchel, declined to comment".

Mr. Schmidt is facing 11 felony counts and a maximum sentence of 169 years in prison.

"They set the plea date for 9:30 a.m., August 4", Ashenfelter said. The only reason that Schmidt is in U.S. custody is that he was picked up at an airport in Florida while on stopover from a return trip from Cuba.

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Schmidt is one of many VW employees charged in a scheme to cheat emission rules on almost 600,000 diesel vehicles, but most are in Germany and out of reach of US authorities. A Volkswagen spokeswoman said the auto maker continues to cooperate with U.S. Justice Department probes of individuals and declined to comment further.

VW admitted in September 2015 to installing so-called defeat devices in hundreds of thousands of diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. The devices would only kick on during road conditions when emission measuring tools were not engaged.

Schmidt was one of several VW executives charged in a 10-year conspiracy to dupe regulators on the environmental quality of its diesel vehicles. When heading Volkswagen's environment and engineering office in MI from 2012 to early 2015, he liaised with USA and California regulators on compliance matters.

To clarify the reference to "hiding out", the government of Germany typically doesn't extradite its citizens to face charges in other countries.

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