The "dieselgate" scandal has cost Volkswagen as much as $30bn in fines, buybacks and settlements since 2015 when it admitted fitting 11m diesel vehicles worldwide with so-called defeat devices to suppress emissions of nitrogen oxide during tests.
Schmidt, who had returned to Germany, was arrested in Florida in January after attempting to return home from a vacation following the filing of an Federal Bureau of Investigation complaint. Schmidt also wrote a letter to the judge, which surfaced over the weekend, in which the executive said he felt "misused" by his own company and claimed that higher-ranked VW executives coached him on a script to help him lie to a California Air Resources Board (CARB) official.
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In August, the same court sentenced James Liang, a Volkswagen engineer who had cooperated with investigating authorities, to 40 months and a Dollars 200,000 fine for his role in the affair.
Instead, Schmidt was sentenced to the maximum penalties outlined in the plea deal. It was found the cars emitted far beyond legal levels of the harmful gases when underway on public roads.
He was the head of the company's United States engineering and environmental office in MI from 2012 to 2015, and was in charge of the American arm's emissions testing regime.
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VW used sophisticated software to cheat emissions rules on almost 600,000 United States vehicles.
According to a DOJ press release published today, "Schmidt knew that VW's diesel vehicles were not compliant with USA standards and regulations and that these representations made to domestic customers were false". "You saw this as your opportunity to shine and climb the corporate ladder at VW", said federal judge Sean Cox who handed down the seven year sentence.
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But Puigdemont's Belgian lawyer, Paul Bekaert, said that the Catalan separatist leader wasn't planning an immediate return. He said it remained to be seen whether his pledge to abide by Spanish law was "truthful and real".