Ex Volkswagen executive jailed in US amid diesel scandal

From BBC - December 6, 2017

A former Volkswagen executive has been sentenced to seven years in prison and a $400,000 (298,778) fine, after admitting he helped the firm evade clean-air laws.

Oliver Schmidt, 48, is the second person to be imprisoned in the US over the diesel emissions scandal.

Volkswagen first admitted in September 2015 that it had used illegal software to cheat US emissions tests.

The scandal has cost it as as much as $30bn.

US prosecutors say Volkswagen installed special software in certain diesel vehicles that allowed them to perform better during emissions tests than they did under normal driving conditions.

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