The Dieselgate saga continues. The scandal, which broke in 2015, involved diesel cars manufactured by Volkswagen, which were installed with both hardware and software designed to cheat emissions testing. Since then, the company has had to pay out millions in fines and to repair affected vehicles. Several company executives have faced criminal charges for their actions. The Local reports on a former Volkswagen executive who received his termination papers while in his jail cell.
Oliver Schmidt, 48, led Volkswagen’s U.S. regulatory compliance office from 2012 to March 2015. He was arrested in January while on holiday in Miami. In August, Schmidt pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit fraud and violate the U.S. Clean Air Act.
He was ordered to pay a $400,000 fine and is currently serving a sentence of seven years in jail, which was ordered this month.
Seven other VW executives are facing charges in the United States and investigations are still ongoing in Germany.
In 2015, the auto manufacturer admitted to equipping the cheating software on 11 million cars worldwide. 600,000 of those vehicles were in the United States.
While the cars passed emissions, once out on the roadways, they spewed about 40 times the allowed levels of nitrogen oxide while actually driving.
The auto giant has so far had to pay out almost $30 billion dollars in fines, settlements, and remediation.
Schmidt received a letter of dismissal from the auto company while serving out his sentence in Milan, Michigan. Some are calling the company out on making the engineer a scapegoat, pointing out that many other executives were aware of the cheating scandal.
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