Seething over Russian Federation probe, Trump tears into 'spygate'
Trump says still looking at June 12 summit with Kim
Irish voters repeal constitution's ban on abortion: Exit polls
Subtropical storm Alberto enters the Gulf of Mexico
Result of US-China talks: Short-term relief, long-term risks
VW Executive Gets 7 Years In Prison In Emissions Cheating Scandal
07 December 2017, 07:18 | Opal Carroll
Former Volkwagen executive sentenced to 7 years in jail for emissions scandal
A senior Volkswagen executive was sentenced to seven years in a prison by a USA court on Wednesday after being found guilty of concealing software used to evade pollution limits on almost 600,000 diesel vehicles.
Schmidt, 48, who has been in custody since his arrest in Miami in January, will be given credit for the time he has served in prison.
German citizen Oliver Schmidt was sentenced on Wednesday.
Last week, Schmidt's attorneys made a last-minute bid requesting a lighter sentence for Schmidt: 40 months of supervised release and a $100,000 fine.
Oliver Schmidt has also been fined $400,000.
Instead, Schmidt was sentenced to the maximum penalties outlined in the plea deal.
VW auto engineer James Liang was sentenced in August to 40 months in prison and fined $200,000 for his role in the scandal - four months more than prosecutors recommended. Six of those remain at large. He met with key California regulators in 2015 but didn't disclose the rogue software.
The software reduced harmful emissions of nitrogen oxide when the cars were being tested, but on the road, the emissions were well over limits to control pollution. As VW Group rolled out its massive "clean diesel" marketing campaign appealing to environmentally conscious vehicle buyers, those same cars were actually emitting nitrogen oxide (NOx) many times in excess of the legal limit. Schmidt said he first learned about the company's scheme in the summer of 2015, at the tail-end of the conspiracy.
"Schmidt sent detailed updates to VW management in Germany apprising them of precisely what he had said, and making it obvious that he was following the script of deception and deceit that VW, with Schmidt's input, had chosen", prosecutors told the court last month. Schmidt ran VW's USA engineering and environmental office from 2012 through early 2015 and was responsible for obtaining regulatory approval for VW vehicles sold in the U.S.
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".
Cox said Schmidt knew Volkswagen's vehicles weren't compliant with US emissions standards and sentenced him to consecutively serve 60 months in prison for the first count and 24 months for the second count in addition to fining him $400,000.
Destiny 2 Curse of Osiris: How to Start Heroic Adventures
In addition, you'll also need the DLC to access the heroic strike playlist, which returns to Destiny 2 as part of the DLC. In other words, the highest level content in Destiny 2 has been removed from the base game and added to the DLC.
UCLA coach Alford surprised by LiAngelo Ball leaving school
It's about what I can control. "If you're looking for one word, maybe it's surprised because it's nothing that we saw coming". In the tweet, Trump criticized Ball as being ungrateful of what he did for his son and the two other freshmen.
Artist Lubaina Himid wins 2017 Turner Prize
The jury also acknowledged her role as an influential curator and educator who continues to speak urgently to the moment. The jury admired Himid's expansive and exuberant approach to painting which combines satire and a sense of theatre.
Pope urges respect for Jerusalem status quo
It quickly annexed it, declaring the whole of the city as its capital in a move which has not been recognised internationally. Pope Francis called on President Donald Trump to respect the "status quo" and not move the USA embassy to Jerusalem.
Steam Drops Support for Bitcoin
For these reasons and the overall volatility of the currency, it's "untenable" to support Bitcoin at the moment, the blog said. The company said it won't accept the cryptocurrency any longer due to "high fees and volatility" in its value.
Champions League: Final group round in Opta numbers
Meanwhile, in Group G , Besiktas have surprisingly topped the group, with FC Porto and RB Leipzig competing for second-place. Celtic secured the Europa League spot in the group despite losing 1-0 at home to Anderlecht, on a Jozo Simunovic own goal.