Sentence next for Volkswagen in U.S. diesel emissions scandal

Sentence next for Volkswagen in U.S. diesel emissions scandal

Sentence next for Volkswagen in U.S. diesel emissions scandal

U.S. District Judge Sean Cox of the Eastern District of MI accepted the plea agreement, resulting in VW's conviction on three felony charges: (1) conspiracy to defraud the United States, engage in wire fraud, and violate the Clean Air Act; (2) obstruction of justice; and (3) importation of merchandise by means of false statements. "It's always the little guy".

In an unprecedented settlement, Volkswagen has been ordered to pay $2.8 billion to the U.S.as a criminal penalty in court, pushing the company's massive emissions scandal closer to its end.

As part of the plea agreement, VW will pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty to the United States and fully cooperate in the government's ongoing investigation and prosecution of individuals responsible for these crimes.

"This is a case of deliberate, massive fraud perpetrated by VW management", Cox said.

Including a separate $1.5 billion civil penalty, Volkswagen agreed to pay a total of $4.3 billion to settle the U.S. Justice Department probe.

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Neal disclosed that a former Justice Department official, Larry Thompson, will serve as a monitor to ensure that VW complies with the plea agreement, which includes three years of probation and complete future cooperation with any inquiries by investigators.

In a statement after the ruling, Volkswagen said it "deeply regrets the behavior that gave rise to the diesel matter".

As part of pleading guilty, VW admits that they deliberately programmed 600,000 diesel cars distributed in the U.S.to deceive users - programming them to turn on pollution controls while being tested and then turning them off when on the road, in the hands of a consumer. He added, Plain and simple it was wrong. Moreover, the company used cheating software to circumvent the USA testing process, and concealed material facts about its cheating from US regulators.

"We let people down and for that we are deeply sorry", he said.

"We have taken significant steps to strengthen accountability, enhance transparency and build a better company and we look forward to working closely with Mr. Thompson as we press forward with the biggest change process in Volkswagen's history", said Ms. Hiltrud Werner, Board Member of Integrity and Legal Affairs at Volkswagen AG.

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