VW's Liaison to US Regulators Is Preparing Guilty Plea

VW's Liaison to US Regulators Is Preparing Guilty Plea

A former Volkswagen executive plans to plead guilty to USA charges related to the company's emissions-cheating scandal, a US federal court spokesman said Tuesday.

U.S. prosecutors and lawyers for Oliver Schmidt, a German national, told U.S. District Judge Sean Cox in Detroit that Schmidt had made a decision to plead guilty, the court said Tuesday. Mr. Schmidt is one of eight former Volkswagen executives who have been charged in the United States.

The Volkswagen AG exec arrested previous year for his part in VW's diesel emissions fraud, Oliver Schmidt, will be pleading guilty on August 4 in US District Court in Detroit. Schmidt's lawyer, David DuMouchel, declined comment when asked about his client's decision.

"They set the plea date for 9:30 a.m., August 4", Ashenfelter said.

Back in January, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt on charges related to the automaker's diesel scandal. It wasn't immediately clear whether Schmidt is still employed by the company.

USA prosecutors have gathered more than 4.3 million documents covering more than 40 million pages in the ongoing probe.

VW admitted in September 2015 to installing so-called defeat devices in hundreds of thousands of diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. The devices would only kick on during road conditions when emission measuring tools were not engaged. It's unclear if Schmidt will plead guilty to every count.

As the dust from Volkswagen AG's Dieselgate emissions scandal settles, many have been left behind to face criminal action and long-stay jail sentences. When heading Volkswagen's environment and engineering office in MI from 2012 to early 2015, he liaised with US and California regulators on compliance matters. Others charged are believed to reside in Germany and aren't likely to be extradited to the U.S.to face charges.

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