Oliver Schmidt – the general manager of Volkswagen’s Michigan environmental and engineering office is going to jail for his role in Dieselgate – the company’s criminal conspiracy to trick regulators about the emissions from their diesel cars – allowing them to emit lethal levels of NOx on roads all over the world.
Schmidt is going to jail for seven years – the maximum sentence allowable under law.
He pleaded guilty and wrote a statement confessing his ‘bad decisions’.
Seven other VW execs face charges and six of those are ‘at large’.
Schmidt’s guilty plea reduced his potential prison sentence from 169 years to seven years.