Former VW executive sentenced to 7 years

Added On December 8, 2017

A former Volkswagen executive has been sentenced to seven years in prison and fined 400,000 U.S. dollars for his role an emissions fraud.
On Wednesday, a U.S. District Court in Detroit, Michigan State, gave Oliver Schmidt the maximum sentence and fine, for his role in the automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal in the U.S. market. 
The sentence follows the exposure of a scheme by Volkswagen to rig some half million diesel cars to circumvent U.S. emission standards. 
Schmidt was Volkswagen's former manager in charge of emissions compliance for the United States. In August, the German national pleaded guilty to two charges. 
Volkswagen meanwhile has been fined 2.8 billion U.S. dollars after pleading guilty to three criminal charges.         
The German automaker also reached a 14.7 billion dollars civil agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 
In a further hit, the agency has called on Volkswagen to spend 10 more billion dollars to buy back or repair the rigged diesel cars it sold in the U.S. market.